We understand that no two organisations are the same. Find out more about how we've customised our recruitment offerings to help clients meet their needs.

Read more

Let our industry specialists listen to your aspirations and present your story to the most esteemed organisations in the Africa, as we collaborate to write the next chapter of your successful career.

See all jobs

Together, we’ll map out career-defining, life-changing pathways to achieve your career ambitions. Browse our range of services, advice, and resources.

Learn more

We understand that no two organisations are the same. Find out more about how we've customised our recruitment offerings to help clients meet their needs.

Read more
About Robert Walters Africa

Since our establishment 25 years ago, our belief remains the same: Building strong relationships with people is vital in a successful partnership.

Learn more

Work for us

Our people are the difference. Hear stories from our people to learn more about a career at Robert Walters Africa

Learn more

Impress your new employer



Starting a new job is very exciting but it can also be daunting. You'll need to not only perform well in your new role but also understand and fit into the company's culture.

Below are some tips to help you get off on the right foot.

Know the company and the industry 

Make sure you are up-to-date with what's going on in the company so you can add value in meetings.

We suggest that you go onto the company's website and look up the financial updates, read recent press articles, and the company’s own social media output to add some depth to your knowledge.

Collect back issues of the company's newsletters and annual reports. Review your competitors' literature too, to get a better handle on the bigger picture.

Understand the company culture

Spend the first few weeks in your new role learning about the company culture. What hours do most people work? Is there a lot of socializing during the day, or do people stay focused on their work? Are you expected to eat lunch at your desk?

Does everyone go for a drink on a Friday night? Once you find out about the culture at your new company will you be able to feel more like part of the team.

Understand your new boss

It is important to understand your boss’s communication style from the beginning. Work out how they like to get things done on a daily basis. For example, does your new boss like one-on-one meetings or team meetings? Are they interested in the detail or do they prefer a summary? Be proactive and initiate a meeting with your new boss to discuss how they like to work, and adapt accordingly. 

Dress for the role

Take care in your own presentation and dress tastefully and slightly above dress code.

Embrace learning 

Working under a new boss can be unnerving and challenging. Learn everything you can from the experience and try to empathise with the boss’s situation — it can be just as challenging for them. This will ease the transition for you both. Remember, it’s up to the both of you to make the relationship work.

Keep notes

You'll be expected to take in a great deal of information in the first few weeks. Write down processes, names of key people and contact numbers, so that you'll be able to refer to your notes when you need them.

Get to know your colleagues  

To help you adjust into your new work environment, make an effort to get to know your colleagues. These are the people who will be able to help you find your way and even give you a heads up on what things matter most to your boss. Establish the foundation for a relationship, and trust and information will follow.

Be flexible

You're going to be taking in a huge amount of new information during your first few weeks so expect and embrace the inevitable challenges of your position and don't be too hard on yourself as everyone has been a new starter at least once. Go into a new job with an open mind and the flexibility to change.

Take initiative and be positive

Make sure you have a positive attitude. As you finish assignments and are ready to handle more projects, ask for more - particularly projects that have management support and buy-in from your division.

Proceed carefully with changes

You might think you have a better way of doing things but get to know your new job and workplace before you suggest doing things differently. You might learn they have already tried those ideas or that they didn't work for a reason. And you may risk annoying your new colleagues. Ask why things are done the way they are and seek feedback from people whose support you need.

Know your worth, download the Robert Walters Salary Survey

For more career advice please contact:

Samantha Gravett, Manager
+27 (0) 11 881 2471

Share this:

Career advice

Share this article

Related Solutions

Salary Survey
Career Advice
Get in Touch

Find out more by contacting one of our specialist recruitment consultants

Related content

View All

The complete interview guide

The Complete Interview Guide Preparation is the first essential step towards conducting a successful interview. The better prepared you are, the more confident you'll be. Below we cover pre-interview tips, interview techniques to get you through, how should you close an interview and what to do post

Read More

A guide to rediscovering and upskilling yourself

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, businesses have acted quickly, requiring employees to work from home to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. While we don’t yet know the full impact of COVID-19, companies not only face the sudden need to effectively manage business-wide remote working arrang

Read More

Professionals admit to ‘rage-applying’

62% of professionals admit to ‘rage-applying’ to new roles amidst peak frustration with employers Just under two-thirds of white-collar professionals have admitted to ‘rage applying’ to new jobs since the beginning of the year. The trend, which has seen a spike since New Year appraisals, occurs when

Read More

I'm Robert Walters Are you?

Come join our global team of creative thinkers, problem solvers and game changers. We offer accelerated career progression, a dynamic culture and expert training.