New Job – The 3 most common mistakes to avoid
Great, you’ve got a new job. Now’s the time to make sure you give yourself the best chance of success and career growth.
Here are the most common mistakes to avoid making:
Not asking questions – Don’t think that you will be thought of as stupid if you ask question. It is unlikely you would be expected to know to do everything involved in your new job from the day you start. You may be afraid to approach people who look busy but you need to get over that fear as no matter how high up the career ladder you go, asking questions in any job is inevitable to assist you in being effective.
You need to understand your industry, the company, the people, the culture, the challenges, the strategy, other people’s jobs and where you fit into the team to be any good in your role. It should be absolutely clear to you what is expected of you and where you can go above and beyond so you get the opportunity to make a positive contribution and enhance your career.
By asking well thought out, intelligent and relevant questions alongside picking the right time to ask them will only gain you more credibility and respect from your colleagues. Ask as many questions as you feel you need to but listen to the answers, make sure you understand and don’t ask the same question twice!
Thinking it’s not your place to speak up – To make an impact you need to be part of what’s going on. This is your chance to be whoever you want to be in the new job. If you are shy by nature, they don’t know that so now’s the time to fake it until you make it. They have taken you on as they feel you have something positive to offer, dont speak up just for the sake of it but if you feel you have a relevant point or contribution to make then say so.
Avoiding all work social events – After a long day in the office, the last thing you might want to do is socialise with your colleagues outside of the office but these out of hours activities are a vital part of your job and will help you to build better working relationships. Social events are a good opportunity to speak with the bosses you may not normally get to speak to, a great boost for your profile. Don’t get drunk, too flirty or inappropriate with your colleagues or bosses. Whatever other people are doing you need to keep your reputation intact.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, speak up if you have a relevant point and get to know your new colleagues. The first few weeks and months in a new job is an exciting time and a real opportunity to set you up for success.