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    #21
    Originally posted by kloos View Post

    Maybe because I am trying to convince myself that I am not in a lonely oasis of doom.

    However... Start of day two and I've moved on from the day one arggg moment. People to see, meetings to set up, documents to read... all good. Doesn't mean that I suddenly like day one of a new contract. But day two isn't so bad
    We are here to encourage you to keep going.

    It gets better (at least for the first few weeks).
    "I can put any old tat in my sig, put quotes around it and attribute to someone of whom I've heard, to make it sound true."
    - Voltaire/Benjamin Franklin/Anne Frank...

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      #22
      Originally posted by cojak View Post

      We are here to encourage to to keep going.

      It gets better (at least for the first few weeks).
      This is in General. We are also here to rip the piss out of fawning lickspittles
      'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

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        #23
        One of the things I like doing when starting a new contract is digging through documentation to see who has been there before that I know (or is still there now). This can give me a hint as to how well or badly things have gone in the past.
        Then I also look to see if there are any signs that stuff I've done in the past (presentations/designs/documentation) on other sites has been plagiarised by someone and appeared at this client. This can be quite common, and depending on how lazy they've been, they might not have done a Ctrl+H for all references to me (or the previous client), and they very rarely update the file properties.
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          #24
          Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

          Years ago I would have thought this a bit funny but we had a BA turn up at a PS gig with sewing box type setup with all this in. It was the start of a massive piece of working finding old kit/services and the like. I have to say it was bloody brilliant and made all the difference. He was a 'proper' BA to boot as well as having all the kit. Having it all mapped out on walls, boards and the like without having to fumble around and make do was a god send.

          As Cojie says, it was a real talking point as well. I have to say I have a new found respect for people that turn up kitted out like that.
          Always impressed when people turn up kitted out or at least understanding or interested in the issues.

          The best tool you have is "I'm new here can you please tell me your issues." then quietly fix /raise / them.

          A box of roses is a nice touch at my current employer you have to set up a series of meetings with a list of people your boss sees as significant (department heads etc) they all get a chocolate at the meeting, its a cheap way of breaking bread. It seems to work as they understand the onboarding is important.
          "If you didn't do anything that wasn't good for you it would be a very dull life. What are you gonna do? Everything that is pleasant in life is dangerous."

          I want to see the hand of history on his collar.

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            #25
            Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

            This is in General. We are also here to rip the piss out of fawning lickspittles
            Something you seem to have been lax about! Was your new years resolution to be gentle to newbies?
            "If you didn't do anything that wasn't good for you it would be a very dull life. What are you gonna do? Everything that is pleasant in life is dangerous."

            I want to see the hand of history on his collar.

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              #26
              Originally posted by vetran View Post

              Something you seem to have been lax about! Was your new years resolution to be gentle to newbies?
              Well no one else has risen to his bedwetting yet so I thought I'd play along and see how it pans out. There is still time.
              'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

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                #27
                I'm starting to wonder whether you have an offline sweepstake to see how quickly you can scare away newbies.

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                  #28
                  Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

                  Well no one else has risen to his bedwetting yet so I thought I'd play along and see how it pans out. There is still time.
                  NLUK has gone soft!
                  "If you didn't do anything that wasn't good for you it would be a very dull life. What are you gonna do? Everything that is pleasant in life is dangerous."

                  I want to see the hand of history on his collar.

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                    #29
                    Originally posted by vetran View Post

                    NLUK has gone soft!
                    Cojak is online.. I can feel her staring at me through the screen
                    'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

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                      #30
                      Originally posted by kloos View Post
                      I'm starting to wonder whether you have an offline sweepstake to see how quickly you can scare away newbies.
                      Not really. You might not have noticed the subtitle of the General forum - All hope abandon ye who enter here. Seriously. And it's there for good reason. Gotta have thick skin to contract and you have to have thicker skin to last in general. Complaining about the first day of your chosen career is gonna attract a bit of ribbing. And that comment about your 1 like vs all the other feedback being a fair split was just a bit surreal. We don't do internet hugs on this forum. You think we are bad? Try posting something inane on Mumsnet and see what a real mauling is like.
                      Last edited by northernladuk; 5 January 2022, 15:05.
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