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7 things you should never do when starting a new job

Posted by: Megan Speet

You’ve finally secured a new job, and you now want to start off on the right foot by making a positive impression on your new boss and colleagues. You need to be careful not to make any career-ending mistakes. So, what should you NEVER do when starting a new job?
Here are 7 things to avoid in the first few months.

1. Don’t show up late

You learnt this in your first year of school, when the teacher began keeping track of latecomers. Being on time is extremely important, especially in a new job. In fact, showing up late on the first day (or even in the first few weeks) is guaranteed to make a negative impression. To ensure that you will be on time, “test drive” the route to your new job before you start so you know how long it takes to get there. Factor in extra time for any unforeseen circumstances such as traffic, construction, or anything else which could cause a delay.

2. Don’t dress unprofessionally

Before starting your job, talk with the hiring manager or human resources professional to make sure you understand what constitutes as acceptable attire for your new workplace. There is nothing more embarrassing than showing up in an outfit that is unsuitable and not in line with the company dress code, thus making an unprofessional first impression.

3. Don’t blow off induction

Many companies require new employees to go through an induction or training process before starting a new position. While it may be tempting to skip these sessions or treat them lightly, don’t do it. Even if the person training you won’t be your direct manager, they are watching you. Avoid any behavior or conduct that could prompt a training manager to report it back to your boss and team members.

4. Don’t ask co-workers to do your work

It’s understandable that you may need help or guidance during your first few weeks at a new job, and asking co-workers for assistance or just to answer questions can be perfectly acceptable, but there’s no quicker way to make enemies than to ask or expect your new co-workers to do your job for you. Remember, you were hired because managers believed in your ability to get the job done. Ask for help if you need it, but believe in yourself and prove that you can use your own initiative.

5. Don’t take too many personal calls

The time you spend at work is for, well, work. Your employer isn’t paying you to chat with your partner or to plan after-work drinks. If friends or family members are prone to calling you during working hours, inform them of the hours you will be working before you start your new job and ask them to avoid calling you during this time. Make a personal policy of limiting personal phone calls and texts to your lunch break, except for during emergencies.

6. Don’t ask for more money

It is more than likely that you and your employer agreed to a certain salary during the hiring process, so don’t change your mind before you even show up at work. If you agreed to the salary offered, be satisfied with that. Don’t expect more money (and don’t ask for more) until you’ve worked long enough to prove your value to the employer.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

You may be so eager to start your new job that you don’t want to stop and ask questions, but by skipping even the most basic questions, you are setting yourself up for failure. Rather than making a mistake that could cost the company time and money, ask questions about everything you need to know, from what your job responsibilities are to who can help you with internet or phone problems, to how you get paid and any other queries you may have

You have worked hard to secure your new position and by following these simple, yet often overlooked tips, you’ll be on your way to keeping your job and impressing your boss and co-workers in no time.


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