There can be a lot on your mind when starting a new job! You absolutely want to make a positive impression on your new boss and coworkers. In order to do so, you want to be careful of walking in and making any of these mistakes we’ve mentioned below.
Don’t Forget to Prepare
First impressions are everything. Prepare the evening before by getting a good night’s sleep, preparing your outfit ahead of time, pack your lunch, and getting up with ample time to get ready in the morning. This includes eating a good breakfast to keep you energized throughout the morning of your first day! You want to be alert and attentive. It’s also a great idea to test drive the route before the first day if you’ve never been to the job location before, this way there is no room for getting lost and being late.
Don’t Show up Late
Being on time matters every day, but especially when starting a new job. Your first impression is crucial and you certainly don’t want to start on the wrong foot. Walking in late on your first day is a bad reflection of how you will be as an employee. An employer is looking for someone they can depend on, and that includes being on time. Of course, sometimes things happen out of our control and if they do, you should notify your boss immediately letting them know you’ll be late. It is strongly encouraged to arrive between 5 and 10 minutes early to work every day to allow for a fluke traffic jam or whatever may slightly delay you. It also takes a few minutes to settle in before starting your work so give yourself that time instead of rushing.
Don’t Try to Change Things
As a new employee, it’s important to start by getting adjusted to the company, culture, and position. Follow the rules and stick to doing things how you’re asked to do them before trying to offer or suggest new strategies. As you adjust and are fully comfortable weeks into the position, then you can try to collaborate on new ideas and stepping out of your comfort zone. You don’t want to step on anyone’s toes as soon as you get in the door!
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
You’re going to have a lot of questions when getting acquainted in your new position. Don’t hesitate to ask them! It’s better to ask and get the clarification you need early on before getting into bad habits, doing things incorrectly, and ultimately wasting your time and others. Ask whatever you need to ask to get the job done in an efficient manner. If your boss is unavailable at the moment you think of a question, ask a coworker who may know! This is a great way to meet new people and they’ve all been in your position before.
Don’t Stress Yourself Out
Starting anything new can be intimidating and may seem like you will never grasp all the tasks the position requires. Do not stress out! It sometimes takes months to fully settle in and get the hang of something, especially if it’s being done in a fast-paced environment. You won’t be able to learn everything at once, it takes time. Things will fall into place, we promise!