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Starting a new job is an exciting time. It gives you an opportunity for a fresh start that can make you feel a little bit like a kid at Christmas. But one misstep can start you off on the wrong foot. Here’s what you should avoid when starting a new job.

What Not to Do When Starting a New Job

The first recommendation we have is not to assume. Don’t assume your hours, and don’t assume you know the best route to get there when you leave home. Plan ahead and ask questions so that you arrive on time for your scheduled shift.

Ask for help. For example, maybe you don’t know exactly where you’re supposed to go on your first day. Have the name of a contact person, and ask for that person when you arrive. Don’t wander around and potentially end up arriving late to the job.

You should also have a great attitude about accepting help from your coworkers. People want to help you, so when it’s offered, take it. It doesn’t make you look dumb or weak. It will also ingratiate you to your coworkers and make them feel good about their offer of help..

You may receive a lunch invitation or two on your first day or that first week. Make it a point never to turn down these kinds of offers! Your coworkers and boss are just trying to get to know you. They’re probably feeling sympathetic because they know what it’s like to start a new job. When you go out to lunch, make sure you listen as much as you talk. Ask your coworkers questions about their lives and work. What do they like to do after work? How long have they been in the company? What are their responsibilities? Come to lunch with a few ideas on conversation starters that will get your coworkers talking about themselves and not just you.

You may be tempted to join in office gossip even if it’s only to seem like you fit in. There’s gossip in every workplace, but you don’t have to participate in it. You can listen but don’t contribute. That way, you will learn as much as you can about the politics in your work environment, but you won’t be spreading anything malicious. Also, keep in mind that not everything you’ll hear is exactly accurate. It is, after all, just gossip.

Stay open to learning during this time. You may have done some of the same tasks during your previous jobs but stay welcoming to how these tasks are done in this job. You may learn something new. One thing not to do? If you think that your old way of doing the job is better, don’t recommend it as a suggestion until you’ve been there a little while. That way, you won’t rock the boat too much as you’re first starting out. Down the road, when the time is right, you may have an opportunity to suggest changes to your job in the form of continuous process improvement. But if you do it when you’re first starting in the job, you may end up seeming like a know it all.

If you’re longing to start a new job, IES Custom Staffing can help. We partner with great employers and top talent to bring them together in mutually beneficial relationships. How can we help you today? Contact us today to find out.

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