You have just landed your first job working as a Trainee or Junior Accountant working in Accountancy Practice? Congratulations!
Feeling excited? Just a little bit nervous?
Starting your first accounting job can be nerve racking. No matter how much time you have spent preparing you will still feel apprehensive when you wake up on your first day. No doubt you will feel mixed emotions with constant questions whirring around in your head; Will I fit in? Will I be able to absorb all the information? What happens if I run late?
The good news is It’s natural to feel this way!
Starting out in a new role can be an exciting and fast-paced adventure. Although it can be scary to start, you must make sure that you make a good first impression, and demonstrate that you can adapt to your new work environment.
To help you do just that, the experienced team at Public Practice Recruitment Ltd are on hand and have put together 5 top tips to help you stay calm during those first crucial weeks.
Being positive and upbeat when you are at work will give off great vibes to both colleagues and superiors. You need to prove that you are a hard-working and determined individual that enjoys what they do. Not only do you need to be enthusiastic around your Manager, but also with your colleagues since they will also be forming lasting opinions of you.
Showing enthusiasm and bringing energy to your daily work will soon gain you a reputation as a ‘can do’ person. Colleagues and Managers are much more likely to align themselves with positive energy and to trust those who appear willing with additional responsibilities. Which incidentally is exactly how you can progress more quickly!
Don’t be late! You should arrive 15 minutes before you are due to start work and be one of the last to leave. This shows respect for the people training you and the time they are taking out of their busy schedule. Not showing up on time can indicate to your manager and the company that you don’t value their time or efforts in giving you the job.
If something out of your control happens to make you late, ring the office as soon as you know there is a problem and let your Manager know that you are running late. In these circumstances, it is important to communicate the exact reason why you are late, your disappointment and how you think you can avoid this happening again in the future.
Your employer will also be looking to see if you can manage your workload and the daily tasks given. Ensure that you make notes (you should always have a pen and paper handy in the first few weeks), and refer back to them. Also make full use of your electronic diary to schedule tasks in an orderly manner.
Ensure that you dress appropriately. Most accountancy firms have a dress code. Try to abide by this and dress smartly, if anything overdress rather than risk being underdressed. Do not turn up in casual wear such as trainers and jeans as this will not make a good impression. Try to observe the general style in the office and implement the same, and if you are unsure, ask!
As the saying goes ‘Dress for the job you want’. So, if you aspire to be a Partner one-day start looking the part from day one.
It’s important when you start your new job that you soak up as much information as you can. Don’t try to cram everything in on your first day, it won’t work! Take your time and maintain a steady pace.
No one is going to expect you to know everything on the first day so instead of trying to rush, set yourself achievable goals to help you progress. Ask for regular feedback if not voluntarily offered.
Remember to take notice of the culture and core values of the business as well as the daily tasks, technical knowledge and accounting software etc, it’s important to know what their mission and goals are as a business. This will give you a better understanding of the company, and their direction which you will be able to align your personal goals with.
Take notes and don’t forget to ask if you are unsure. Asking shows your willingness to learn.
Get to know your colleagues well. Ideally at all levels of the Practice. Try and schedule in some time with your colleagues to get to know them, what they do and their previous work experience. Engage in conversation and get yourself noticed. This is the perfect way to build colleague relationships and gain long term support with your progression.
It is also important to build yourself a network of support outside of your workplace, but with a wider peer group. Networking, either face to face or via LinkedIn is great for this. Having a wider group of contacts will broaden your exposure and knowledge base.
When you start your new job, it can be nervous and intimidating. Follow our guidelines to be able to feel confident and adapt quickly. Relax and enjoy every minute, after all this is the career you always wanted. This is the time to pick up valuable skills and experience that will help to develop your accounting career for many years to come.
If your career is not progressing how it should be after the first 6-9 months, remember our consultants are always available to provide you with advice. Because we work solely with accountants we have a unique understanding of the market and how to help you realise your career goals in Public Practice. At Public Practice Recruitment Ltd we aim to support all of our candidates with their career progression rather than simply placing people in a job.