Starting a new job is exciting but it can be a bit daunting too, will you be able to do what you said you could in the interview and live up to your new boss’s expectations?

Make sure that you get off to a good start in your new job by following these 7 tips:

  1. Don’t be a “know-it-all.” – No-one likes a person who thinks they have all the answers. It is important when you start a new job that you take time to listen to your boss and colleagues so that you understand how things are done rather than telling them that you know of a better way. Unless you have been brought in as a change manager, don’t rush in and try and change policies and procedures. Maybe your way is better but many people are reluctant to change and it is important that you listen to your new colleagues rather than alienate yourself from them. Showing an openness and willingness to listen will show that you want to get on with your new team and you may even learn something too.
  2. Don’t be continually complaining – This is linked to the point above. In addition to not liking a know-it-all, no-one likes to hear a moaner! Often the new start doesn’t get the best desk/office and frequently gets given the jobs that no-one else wants to do. Live with it! Let your new boss see that you can handle whatever is thrown at you, prove your worth and show that you can add value to the position. You will progress much faster and perhaps have a little more sympathy for the next new person.
  3. Don’t be continually running to your manager – When you start a new job, you are bound to have lots of questions about how things are done and what procedures you need to follow. Rather than running to your manager for answers, get to know your new colleagues and find out who can help you.
  4. Don’t try to be something you are not – Starting a new job can give you the opportunity to re-invent yourself. However, it is important that you are true to yourself rather than trying to be something you are not as ultimately your deception will trip you up. Use this new start as an opportunity to improve yourself.
  5. Don’t take sides – Being new means that you don’t have to get bogged down in office politics. It’s not good to take sides, at least not initially, until you have had time to understand the office dynamics. The best option here is to listen to your colleagues without passing judgement at least until you have a clear understanding of the office politics.
  6. Don’t take a lot of time off – You were employed to do a job and how can you prove your capabilities if you keep taking time off. If you had planned a holiday for example before you started your new job, this time off should have been discussed and agreed prior to you starting. If you keep taking time off you will not be able to gain the respect of your colleagues and your boss will be thinking he made the wrong decision in hiring you.
  7. Don’t hang out with negative people – There is always someone who doesn’t enjoy their job and only has negative things to say about the company. Do your best to stay away from these negative people before they bring you down too and have you wondering why on earth you accepted the job in the first place.

So, smile, take a deep breath and walk in to your new job with your head held high – being new can be exciting and rewarding if you avoid making the above mistakes that can potentially cause you a lot of problems.

What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.

Benjamin Fairless