So, you’ve been offered a perfect new role, but aren’t sure what to do next. Don’t worry here’s some handy tips to help you hit the ground running.
Handing in your notice
Don’t burn bridges with your old colleagues
You will need to figure out what your notice period is before accepting a start date for your new position. Most of the time, this will only be one week to one month, but some for those in more senior positions this can be up to three months.
Once you know the date you’d like to leave, you should write a resignation letter to send to your manager or HR person. You may be invited to a meeting to discuss alternatives to leaving, or they may accept your resignation and wish you well, or even place you on gardening leave.
Some people may feel the strong urge to rage-quit in a blaze of glory. As tempting as this is, games is a small industry and word travels, so we always recommend staying professional if possible.
A new beginning
The first week in your new job
Learning how to meet new colleagues at a new job is very important to making a great first impression and getting off on the right foot. Be friendly, introduce yourself to people, make a conscious effort to remember names, and most of all, don’t forget to smile.
You may want to find a single friendly colleague or friend to help you at the start if you find a big team too daunting.
One of the more difficult challenges to navigate is how ask questions when learning your new role. You will need to ask questions to succeed, however you can show respect for other people’s time by being cautious about what you ask.
When you do ask, be specific and share what you already know about the subject.
Where you should be after one month in your new job
By now you should be organised and have established positive work habits that benefit yourself and your team. Hopefully you’ve settled in nicely and are starting to make an impact on the project you’re working on.
You should know and be comfortable with what you are being asked to do by your manager and your company. Understanding your manager’s expectations is essential for a stable work life and a successful games career.
If the expectations of you still aren’t clear, you may need to have a chat with your manager to find out if there is issue that needs addressing.
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