Kudos on the new job! Now you have to start off on the right foot and make a positive impression on your new boss and colleagues. You must be careful to avoid mistakes that could end your career. Here are some of the things you should avoid when starting a new job:
Do not be late.
Be on time, especially on a new job. In fact, being late the first day (or even the first few weeks) guarantees a negative impression. To make sure you get there on time, test the route to your new job before you start to find out how long it will take to get there.
Don’t dress unprofessionally.
Before starting work, talk to the recruiter to make sure you understand the right attire for the job.
Don’t ignore training.
Companies train their new employees and offer orientation before starting the new position. While it may be tempting to skip these sessions or treat them lightly, don’t do it. Be professional; they are watching you.
Don’t expect they’ll hold your hand.
No matter where you work, there are process methods, tools, and forms that make up the company’s standard procedures. You may have been introduced to these through mentoring, but if not, take the lead and master the basics on your own.
Don’t ask your coworkers to do your job.
It is understandable that you may need help or guidance during the first few weeks in a new job, and asking for help is acceptable. But there is no faster way to make enemies than to ask or expect your new coworkers to do the work for you. Remember, you were hired because recruiters believe in your ability to do the job. Ask for help if you need it, but believe in yourself and show that you can do the work on your own.
Don’t make personal calls.
The time you spend at work is for work. They do not pay you to chat with your partner or with the nanny of your children. If your friends or family are likely to call you during business hours, remind them before you start the new job that you will now be working during certain hours and limit personal phone calls and text messages to your lunch hour unless they are emergencies.
Don’t ask for more money.
Chances are that you and the employer have agreed on a certain salary during the hiring process. So don’t change your mind before showing up at work, or wait for more money until you’ve worked long enough to prove yourself to the employer.
Don’t try to change things.
Of course, I want to make a good impression as soon as you get to the new job, and I will show the employer to make the right choice when hiring you. However, be careful to suggest new policies or strategies in the first few weeks, as this may not be the best way to show that you are good at teamwork. At first, take the time to learn, then over time, you can make suggestions and changes as situations arise and when your input and experience are required.
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