Are you new on the job and want to make a great first impression? Every new hire wants to show their manager just how wonderful they are. After all, you are your employer’s best investment! With that being said, here are 6 common mistakes to avoid at your new job.
1. Work-a-holic or underachiever. It can be hard to get this one “just right”. You don’t want to be that employee who clocks in at 9:00am and clocks out at 5:00pm with nothing more to show than those eight hours you were in the office. Today’s workplace often requires employees to check and possibly respond to e-mails after hours. If you meet these demands with attitude and push-back, you may miss out on opportunities for growth and become portrayed as not part of the team. Overworking can be just as detrimental, mostly to your own sanity and health. It is important to find a balance that works for both you and your employer.
2. Not going the extra mile. Your boss expects you to complete your work duties as assigned, but going the extra mile – whether it is taking on extra work or completing your tasks better than anticipated – will really get you noticed. This may give you access to more responsibilities and special projects – ultimately helping you land a pay increase or promotion.
3. Lack of confidence. You may be worried about coming off overconfident and aggressive, but a lack of confidence can be just as destructive. Don’t second guess your skills…and don’t act like a know-it-all, either. Every new job requires some type of learning, no matter how much experience you have.
4. Giving up too easily. Sometimes there is a slower ramp up time when starting a new job. The training may be slow or there may be a huge learning curve. Or, perhaps, the job is more entry-level and you had higher expectations. Most jobs take some time to really appreciate. Don’t give up too easily or too quickly. Don’t panic and try to be patient.
5. Not taking the reigns. Acting helpless is one of the biggest turn-offs to managers. Take every measure to try and solve problems on your own and use resources around you, such as co-workers and employee training manuals, before going to your boss with a list full of questions. Managers want employees who are self-sufficient and resourceful. Of course, if you ultimately cannot find the information you need on your own, you should most definitely ask your manager.
6. Unprofessional demeanor and appearance. Even if a company has a “casual” dress code, you still must appear clean and put together. Also be weary of sharing too much about your personal life at work. Most offices have many people with a range of personalities and beliefs, and it is best not to offend anyone if possible.
You want to put your best foot forward at your new job – whether it is temporary or permanent. There are so many perks of giving your new job 110% besides the obvious factors of a strengthening your career path, pay increases, bonuses or a big promotion. Resume building and obtaining excellent references go a long way, too!