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Deciding between a job offer and your current job: Tips for making the right move

We’ve moved! To find this article and more like it, check us out at our new home adecco.ca/blog and don’t forget to subscribe. Receiving a job offer from a prospective employer may be a great feeling, but you still have a decision to make: do you take the new job or stay at your current one? Faced with this tough decision, it’s time to take into consideration all aspects of your potential new job and your existing role to decide on a job offer.

You’ve learned how to negotiate a job offer, now you’re ready to master how to evaluate a job offer. Deciding between a job offer and your current job is not an easy process. There are many factors that must be taken into consideration to determine the best opportunity to pursue. With that in mind, let’s review a few key elements to successfully evaluate a job offer and make the best decision for you.

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Negotiating your job offer

We’ve moved! To find this article and more like it, check us out at our new home adecco.ca/blog and don’t forget to subscribe. You have the job offer. Now what? Negotiating a job offer can be scary, but with a good understanding of your value and the total compensation package that works best for you, you can get through the process successfully. Join us as we share all the negotiation tips you need for your next job offer.

Negotiating a job offer can be scary, especially if you’re unemployed and eager to (re)join the workforce. It might even seem ungrateful or greedy to you. However, the negotiation process is essential to ensuring that you’re compensated fairly for the skills and experience that you will bring to the organization.

Ready to start the job of your dreams with compensation that matches? We’ve got all the tips and tricks to negotiate the job offer you deserve!

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How to survive your first three months at a new job

Securing the job offer is only half the battle. It’s now up to you to prove to your new management team your value to their organization. While your new job can be intimidating, don’t let your fear get the best of you.  

A new professional chapter is always a mixed bag of emotions, from the pure joy and excitement of receiving a job offer, to the anxiety that can accompany new responsibilities, colleagues and management. Ready to succeed from day one? Check out these tips to help you survive and thrive during your first three months at a new job.

Make a good first impression

Make your first impression a good one by being open, friendly and appropriate. If your employer didn’t mention a dress code during the interview or within your job offer, remember to dress for success. Combine your professional outfit with a confident smile to nail your first impression! Keep in mind that many businesses are opting for a scent-free environment so refrain from strong fragrances such as body sprays or perfumes.

Introduce yourself

Taking the initiative to introduce yourself can make a big impact in terms of how you are perceived by your new co-workers. A quick introduction will help you build relationships with colleagues from your first day on the job and proves that you are eager to join the team.

Ask questions

They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question, but here at Adecco we also believe there’s no such thing as too many questions. Not only does asking questions ensure you complete the task at hand properly the first time, it also exemplifies your initiative to learn your new organization’s policies and procedures. And make sure to listen carefully! Repeat questions or failure to apply the feedback may leave a bad impression with your new colleagues.

Get involved

Your first three months at a new job can feel like you’re out of the loop when it comes to social structure and corporate culture. Don’t be discouraged! It takes time to find your role both professionally and socially in a new workplace. Overcome this hurdle by getting involved. Offer to join the health and safety committee, volunteer to assist with social events, or simply eat lunch with your colleagues in the break room. Your efforts won’t go unnoticed!

Make your voice heard

It’s never easy speaking up when you’re the new one, but it’s imperative to make yourself heard during your first three months to cement a future of professional growth within your new organization. If contributing in person is too daunting, set yourself a goal to share a suggestion via email within your first month. Positive feedback will give you the courage you need to continue your contributions in person, proving your value to your new team.

Set good habits

Don’t forget to look at your new job as a fresh start. Take advantage of it as an opportunity to become the best professional you can be. Make the most of your new beginning by setting healthy work habits from the get-go. Organize your calendar and task list. Create a list of skills you want to develop. Identify personal and organizational inefficiencies and create procedures to increase productivity.

Remember, with a little effort these first three months can set the stage for an awesome career. So when anxiety inevitably strikes, take a deep breath, refocus and hit the ground running.

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How to make a good first impression in a new job

We’ve all heard the old adage that you will never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you’re starting at a new job, it’s even more vital that the impression be a positive one.

When you set off at a new workplace – whether it’s at a manufacturing plant or a Fortune 500 firm – there are always new names to learn, new processes to understand, new technologies to master and new teams to work with. On top of all the novelty, there is added pressure to impress your boss, forge relationships with coworkers and pass the probationary period. Every workplace is different and job expectations vary from employer to employer, but there are good judgments you can exhibit to ensure you get off on the right foot no matter what your role, including:

  • Arrive on time and work full days
  • Introduce yourself to everyone you meet
  • Have a positive attitude and open body language
  • Dress professionally and appropriately for your new position
  • Ask questions, take notes and seek training
  • Take initiative and prioritize tasks
  • Respect company time
  • Proofread your emails
  • Keep your desk area tidy and observe kitchen etiquette.

Along with the common sense behaviors listed above, there are also steps you can take to not only make a good first impression, but also excel in your new role!

Michael D. Watkins — author of  The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter — spoke to Forbes about impressing managers and colleagues during the crucial first 3 months of a new role. Book: The First 90 Days

Watkins recommends that you place as much emphasis on building relationships with coworkers and managers as you do focusing on technical job skills. Networking across departments and roles will help you fit into the company culture, find a mentor and connect with people who can help you as you’re learning the ropes. It will also give you a head start on forming lasting and beneficial work relationships.

Some of Watkins’ other important suggestions are:

  • Do not brag about your accomplishments at your past company.
  • Build trust by delivering on your commitments.
  • Consider temporarily rearranging your work-life balance while you prove yourself and gain speed.
  • Know your weaknesses and try to strengthen them through training. Offer a skills exchange to someone who can teach you.
  • Prioritize the tasks that will let you succeed in the job, not necessarily the ones you like to do the most.
  • Work within your boss’s managerial style and expectations – especially in the first 3 months. Communicate honestly and frequently. Ask him or her for advice when needed. If a problem arises, approach your boss early and be prepared with solutions.
  • Be flexible and adaptable. Your skills and ways of doing things from your past role may not be what is needed for success in the new position.
  • Try and secure “an early win”. Take on a project which you can lead or be heavily involved in. Include and learn from the relevant stakeholders. Try to make demonstrable improvements or success in the project within your first 90 days.

First impressions are essential and can often be lasting. A good impression can lead to a thriving career, whereas bad impressions may unintentionally make your new role harder and keep you from future opportunities. The mindful steps above will help build a good rapport with colleagues and gain respect from mangers as you undoubtedly become more comfortable and confident in your new position.