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Tips for impressing your team

Posted on 02 May 2018

iStock-842865606-123259-editedIt is inevitable that you are keen to impress your team as a trainee but remember, nobody expects you to know everything. There are still ways that you can impress your team whilst you're getting a hang of the ropes. Here are some tips to help you on your way:

1. Questions 

Make sure that you take every opportunity to ask questions and don’t be afraid to do so! It is better to ask a lot of questions at the beginning of a transaction to make sure that you understand what is going on and exactly what you are being asked to do. Remember, no question is a stupid question (unless you can find the answer out for yourself!).

2. Initiative 

Offer to do something before being asked. If you think that you can assist a team member with progressing something further then offer to help. You will save their time and it shows initiative. They will likely ask for your assistance again.

3. Check your work  

Check, check and check again. You are not expected to produce a perfect piece of work first time; however, you can perfect the basics. Check names, addresses and numbers. Attention to detail is important; your team will feel that they can rely on you to produce quality work by demonstrating this.

4. Team work makes the dream work 

It’s true. If you feel that you have capacity to take on more work then let your team know and offer to help. Offering to help shows that you are part of the team and more than likely there will be somebody you can assist to get something done quicker.

5. Organisation is key 

You will be required to keep track of key dates and deadlines and manage your own workload. You need to find a method of doing so that suits you.

6. Manage expectations

If somebody in your team asks you to assist with a piece of work, make sure that you know when they want it done by. If you don't think that the deadline is achievable, let them know and give them an idea of when you will be able to get it done by. Remember, it is better to speak up than to miss a deadline!

Make sure that you get the most out of your training contract, don’t forget to have fun along the way and remember, everybody has been where you are at one time or another.

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