New job dos and don’ts

Starting a new job in the digital marketing sector can be stressful and people often make mistakes which they later regret. Here are 8 helpful tips to help you make the most out of your first few weeks of your new job.

Do’s

Listen and learn

The more you understand your own role and the role of those around you can help give you an early understanding of how all the cogs fit together. It is also better to ask the silly questions now and learn from it right at the beginning as opposed to struggling for month and then having to ask which may be a lot harder as time goes on.

Build relationships

One of your first goals should be to become a part of the team; listening to your colleagues, asking questions and showing appreciation for their help can help you get to know and build working relationships with those that will be around you every day.

Be Positive and Professional

First impressions play a large part in getting to know someone, being professional and positive about your new role and tasks will help in creating good first impressions.

Time Keeping

It goes without saying that you should show up on time for your new job, planning your journey in advance considering any variables to can help you achieve this.

Don’ts

Be Late

It takes only seconds to make a first impression, showing up late will not help you in making a positive impression.

Judge or criticize

It is best not to criticize how a job is being done until you understand it fully, telling a person how they should be doing something can also cost you a good relationship with someone you will be spending a lot of time with.

Accept work without asking questions

You might think accepting a task will help put you in your boss’s good books however, if you don’t understand the task you should make that known and ask questions. Otherwise this may lead to your boss thinking you’re just wasting time.

Don’t Stress Too Much

You may bring a wealth of skills and experience to your new role however there will always be jobs or tasks that you don’t understand and you won’t be able to learn all at once. Remember that you are new and still able to learn your colleagues will be aware of this and happy to teach you what you don’t already know.

By following these simple steps, you should hopefully be able to make the most out of your first few weeks, remember nobody expects a new employee to be perfect so try not to over think everything.

 

 

What Questions to Ask in Your Digital Marketing Job Interview

When you are hunting for digital marketing jobs, it can be a touch daunting when you actually land an interview with a company that you really want to work with. One key thing to remember is that the interview is in fact a two-way process. As much as it feels like the decision is all in the hands of the employer, the interview is the perfect opportunity for you to get a feel for the company and if you really want to work there.

That said in the competitive field of digital marketing, you do have to retain a degree of chill in the situation. Leading the conversation with questions about leave, coffee provision and other perks may leave the interviewer feeling that you’re not really committed to the job.

So here are six questions that are appropriate to ask and will gain you the information and make you look good in the process:

What skills and experiences would make the ideal candidate?

This is a very simple way to continue the conversation; while allowing you to provide information for any of the requirements that may have been missed before.

What are the company’s plans for growth?

This allows you to get a sense of the wider corporate direction and the sustainability of the role. From the interviewer’s perspective, it shows that not only are you interested in the company, but it the future of the company.

How is performance measured within the department?

The aim of this question it’s to impress upon the interviewer that you are a results driven candidate. It also demonstrates that you have a good level of commercial maturity. From your point of view, finding out how performance is measured can be a very telling clue to company practices and ethos.

How would you describe the work culture?

This is perhaps the nearest to getting the answer to the coffee provision question. But rather than going head in and asking about what you can get, ask about what already exists. This question projects that you are interested in how you would fit into the role and company.

Is there scope for development in this role?

This again emphasises that you are looking at this digital marketing job for the long haul. By checking out the prospects for training and/or promotion, you are essentially seeing if the role can fit your longer term career plans.

When can I hear from you and what are the next steps?

While most interviewers will tell you this information at the end of the interview anyway, it reiterates that you are a proactive person and that you are interested in the role.

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