Five goals to achieve within your first year at a new job

The first year in a new job is crucial to laying the foundations for future success. Make your first 12 months count by achieving these five important career goals...

By Megan Driver

You’ve aced the interview and landed that career defining new job, congratulations! However, the hard work is not over yet. When starting a new job, there are a few goals you should strive to achieve which will help you stand out and thrive in your new workplace.

Network

When starting a new job, it’s easy to forget that other departments exist, as you will spend so much time getting to know your team. Networking with individuals in other departments can help you gain a better understanding of overall business objectives, and can provide a great source of new perspectives and ideas to help you further your career.

Listen and learn

No two jobs are ever the same. You may have had the same job title at your last role, but all companies operate differently. Listen closely to your new leaders – they may have invaluable techniques and approaches that can help you improve your performance.

Be friendly

Research shows that warmth is one of the first characteristics we judge when meeting somebody for the first time. Colleagues are more likely to help those who are kind to them, or have been in the past. At the end of the day, we all want to work with those who can put a smile on our face, don’t we?

Remind your boss

When you have just started a new job, it’s critical that you prove to your boss that they made the right decision by hiring you. If you show how capable and productive you are early on, it sets a positive tone and can get you noticed for all the right reasons.

Keep track

When I first started out on my career journey, a mentor told me to always keep track of my achievements at work, as it’s easy to forget them when the time comes to find a new role. Implemented a new system? Gained a big new client? Made a large cost saving for the company? These are all great achievements; write these down somewhere you won’t forget.

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Management Accountant
Sector: Accountancy, Banking and Finance
Salary: £30,000 - £38,000
Location: Haverhill
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 906965
About the role

The Just Recruitment Group have a superb opportunity for an experienced Management Accountant to join our client on a fulltime, permanent basis working near to Haverhill.

Reporting directly to the CEO of this fast growing successful company. The business is currently growing at 20% per annum and is at a pivotal moment in its development. New premises have been purchased and new sales and accounting systems are due to be installed in the coming 6 months. This role will be part of the senior management team and involved in key decision making for the business going forward.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the whole of the accounts department and production of the monthly management report and KPIs.
  • Managing the accounts assistant who has primary responsibility for the purchase ledger.
  • Managing UK and overseas payments, controlling deposits and advance payments.
  • Cash management including weekly forecasting of cash and credit control.
  • Running all aspects of payroll.
  • Management of Royal London pension scheme.
  • Responsibility of all company insurances and utility suppliers.
  • Working with the Operations Manager, analysing profit and cost variances to budget.
  • Implementation of new accounting system, which will free up purchase ledger clerk to take some of the more administrative elements of this role.
  • Job and departmental profit analysis.
  • Monthly VAT returns and Bank reconciliations.
  • Ad-hoc tasks necessary for the for Senior Managers and Directors.
  • Management of personnel files.
  • Administration and other duties relevant to the role.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Experience working in a fast moving busy office environment.
  • Ability to work to deadlines, quickly and accurately under pressure.
  • Ability to prioritise.
  • Discretion required due to nature of the role.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Confident in using Microsoft Excel.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA Qualifications are desirable but not essential.

 

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Service Engineer
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: £30,000 to £35,000 Per Annum
Location: National
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 906655
About the role

This position is based nationally and reports to the Field Service Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Attending customer sites across the UK and Ireland as required by the business.
  • Delivering routine preventative maintenance and repair work as scheduled by the service coordinator.
  • Attending product breakdown calls, providing technical assistance to customers and supporting service refurbishment activities.
  • Working efficiently and safely, always within the companies Health & Safety guidelines.
  • Delivering high standards of customer service and maintaining a commercial outlook towards the business.
  • Occasional visits to our parent company in Denmark or attending other manufacturing sites for the purpose of training or support.
  • Active input into the strategic activities of the business when required.

Qualification 

  • Full clean driving licence
  • Knowledge of ventilation systems
  • Knowledge of refrigeration systems
  • Knowledge of control systems
  • Health and Safety, including but not limited to, a strong understanding of making and working within risk assessments and method statements.

Skills

  • Electrical
  • Braising
  • Fault finding

Experience

  • Service and preventative maintenance on HVAC products at a national level

Personal attributes

  • Honest
  • Diligent
  • Flexible
  • Supportive Team player
  • Work effectively and safely alone.

Hours

Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:00 with a 60-minute unpaid lunch break. However, will be expected to work such additional hours as are necessary for the proper performance of your duties.

Reward Package

  • Competitive Salary (based on experience/qualifications)
  • Bonus scheme (Profit related)
  • 25 days holiday per annum (up to 5 days used for Christmas shutdown) increasing with length of service, up to a maximum of 30 days per year
  • Company sick pay (after 13 weeks service and increases with length of service)
  • Pension Scheme
  • Auto-enrolment 3% employee contribution and 2% employer
  • Group Personal Pension Scheme (once qualified) 3% employee contribution and 3% employer increasing with length of service
  • Life Assurance (2 x basic salary)
  • Private Medical Insurance (once qualified)
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Other benefits

  • Monthly flexi-Fridays (staff can leave at 2pm, having made the time up that week)
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Mechanical Fitter
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: discussed on application
Location: Telford
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 907034
About the role

The Just Recruitment Group Ltd are currently recruiting for a MECHANICAL FITTER for their client based in Telford. 

Our client offers advanced automation solutions from complete turnkey solutions to specialised tooling. 

Required to support our manufacturing cell: 

Responsibilities: 

  • Mechanical fitting and assembly of finished products to on site manufactured customer orders prior to shipment 
  • Fitting electrical actuators and power driven accessories 
  • Testing assembled systems to identify defects 
  • Working to internal processes and standard operating procedures to maintain our quality standards 

Skills Required: 

  • Measuring components using electronic measuring equipment 
  • General Engineering workshop skills with an understanding of manufacturing processes 
  • Understanding of engineering assembly drawings 
  • Previous experience of machine building and assembly will be advantageous 
  • Building and assembling company products 
  • Manual handling 
  • Quality / Inspection 

Hours of Work: 

Monday – Thursday: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
30-minutes for lunch. 
Friday: 8.00am – 2.30pm 
40-hours per week 

Benefits: 

In return, we offer a competitive salary, good benefits package, free on-site parking and a generous holiday allocation. 

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