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Mistakes You Can Make During the First Week at a New Job

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For many people, the first day at a new job resembles the first days of college: new surroundings and people and your constant fear that the day will become a failure. Even though you are a grown-up, you can’t stop being nervous. How to start a new career and not mess everything up? Hopefully, the following tips will help you make a good impression on your employer and colleagues.

1. Introduce yourself to your colleagues when you start a new career.

When you start new job, the first thing you should do is introduce yourself to everyone of your coworkers. If you are too shy, this is the perfect opportunity to overcome your timidity and welcome everyone with a friendly smile. Try to socialize with your colleagues from the very first day of your working career. Introducing yourself will be the first step towards making new friends and establishing sound work relationships.

2. Be realistic with your job expectations.

However professional and skillful you are, do not be too self-assured. When you start new job, it is evident that you need to accommodate yourself to your new surroundings, and you will definitely need some extra help with your new set of responsibilities, etc. Remember: there is nothing to be ashamed of if you ask your colleagues for help, even if it involves something like a coffee machine, a microwave or a printer.

3. If you have questions, ask them!

After introducing yourself, you will surely have many questions about your work. If you do, try to ask them straightaway. Make sure you understand your schedule, organization, etc. It would also be a good idea to prepare a list of questions in advance, and if you get any additional queries, you should ask them as well.

4. When you start new job, forget about the old one.

Do you talk with your new boyfriend about your ex? I bet you don’t! The same point concerns your work. If you constantly talk about your old work with your new colleagues, they might get a wrong idea that you are disappointed with your new position.

5. Do not promise to do things you cannot do.

You will surely want to make a good impression on your boss and colleagues. You will definitely prove that you are a responsible, hard-working, and reliable employee. However, do not eat more than you can chew:  when taking up some task, make sure you have enough skills and time to manage it.

6. Dress appropriately.

Forget about tops, torn jeans, short skirts and dresses. If you are not working in the fashion industry, then you should not attract extra attention to your outfit. You should also mind what you wear when you prepare for an interview. Try to find out whether there is a dress-code policy in the company before your first working day.