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Settling into a new job
Published on Thursday, 02 Feb 2012
Illustration: Bay Leung

Starting a new job is an exciting prospect. But it can also be daunting for those who have taken an extended break. To make the most of your new role, preparation is crucial.

Adapting to the new work environment and meeting expectations will be easier if you take time to note the nuances and unwritten rules within the company.

This week, we focus on the need to do some homework. Next week's column will offer tips on making connections at work.

Take time to adjust and do more research By waking up earlier in the run up to your first day, you allow your body and mind to become accustomed to functioning efficiently in the early hours. Meanwhile, extra research on your new company and role can be beneficial. Search for additional information on the web or ask for an employee handbook. Such initiatives will prove to employers that you are committed and focused on learning about the different facets and aspects of your new job and the company.

Focus on details A new job means a new routine. Take time out to go through the smaller details that are required when you put your schedule into practice. Do dry runs. For example, explore various modes of commuting to work. This will enable you to overcome any apparent obstacles and ensure you are not late on your first day.

Pallavi Anand, director, Robert Half Hong Kong