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Starting a New Job Advice

Congratulations on landing a new job! Starting a new job can be daunting. You want to make the right first impression in your first week and avoid making any mistakes. Prove to your new employers that you can learn quickly and can be a valued member of the team by following these simple steps…

New Job Advice

Be Punctual
Turning up early is common sense. Show your new employers that you’re excited and committed to start your role. Give yourself enough time to get ready in the morning and develop a good morning routine. The better your routine the easier you’ll find early mornings.

Outward Appearance
Dress Smart Take pride in your appearance and wear appropriate attire, show them you care about their company appearance. Smile A smile goes a long way. No one wants to see a miserable face, especially on a Monday morning. Get those pearly-whites out and make them know you’re happy to be there.

Questions & Answers
Try your best to listen and take in all the instructions given to you and take on board any advice co-workers give you. Be aware of others and try to pick up how they approach situations. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and help, it’s key to helping you learn the role. Your colleagues are there to help. No one expects you to know everything.

Learn from Mistakes
get stuck in and throw yourself straight into the job. Complete as many tasks as you can to build up your skillset and confidence right away. Whether it is your first week or you’ve been in a role for years, you always need to learn from your mistakes. Try not to take them to heart.  

Be Friendly
Try to say hello and introduce yourself to your new co-workers. These are the people you will be spending a lot of time with. Make Drinks Though this one may seem simple, offering to make the tea/ coffee is a great way to earn brownie points with your co-workers.

With all the nerves of your first day, you can forget to relax. Take a deep breath so you can concentrate on listening and learning your new role. Let your personality show. Don’t stay within your shell. Talk to people and build relationships. Enjoy Yourself- Try not to get too bogged down with nerves and worries. Try to enjoy the new experience and make the most of it. 

New Job Mistakes

No matter how skilled and how knowledgeable you are in your field, be humble. You are there to contribute, not make people feel bad about themselves. Do not think that you are there to show them how to do things.

Comparing the Previous Company
Don’t you just hate it when you hear new colleagues bragging about how their previous company is better than yours? You wonder, if this place is so bad – why don’t you just quit? Why did you join in the first place?

Expecting Respect
Respect needs to be earned and trust can only be gained through time and work quality. Colleagues in your new company have not seen your work hence you have not earned the right to boast and brag on anything at all.

Being Rude
Be nice to people when you are in a new work environment regardless of how famous you are or how good you think you are at your job. It’s just common sense. Do not have the attitude that you are only there to work.

Disregard Existing Dynamics
When joining a new company, you need to understand people have their own ways of doing things. Failure to respect the way things are in a new company and having a total disregard for it will spell the start of your career destruction.

To summarise: If you’re starting a new job soon make sure you are on your best behaviour!