You’ve written a winning CV. You’ve nailed the job interview. You’ve got the job. So all you need to do is fit into the new workplace. Can’t be too hard, right?

Starting a new job can sometimes be a daunting prospect but you need to remember that your employer has chosen you over a whole host of other potentials. There’s nothing to worry about but here are a few pointers in case you need reminding what to do and what NOT to do.

 

DO

 

1) Remain open-minded

It’s important whenever you enter a new environment to go in with an open mind. You’ll be faced with a whole host of new challenges and projects that will require you to think on your feet and work with people you’ve never met before. If you’re unsure about anything, just ask intelligent questions and learn as you go.

 

2) Use feedback to your advantage

Rarely will anyone ever walk into a new position and hit all their targets and achieve every objective with ease. Every new employee will go through a degree of learning at the start of their new job, which means that constructive criticism will serve you well in the long run.

 

3) Be prepared

It’s important to be equipped with your own things before you enter the office. This doesn’t mean spending £100 on stationery but a notebook and pen in your bag is a good place to start.

 

4) Go the extra mile

Your managers will notice the person who volunteers to complete an extra project when they’re not required to. Be everything you can be!

 

5 Keep it going

On average it takes UK employees six weeks before they start to drop their ‘A Game’ standards when starting a new job. Everything you achieve to begin with shouldn’t be taken for granted; a successful career will require you to play the long game.

 

 

DON’T

 

1) Arrive late

After doing the hard part and securing a new job, don’t throw it away by turning up to work late. You’ll already be behind before you’ve even started and a reputation for lateness won’t go unnoticed.

 

2) Look scruffy

People always recommend buying a new suit for a new job. It certainly wouldn’t go amiss but as long as you’re neatly dressed and your personal hygiene is first-rate, you’re doing just fine.

 

3) Overwork yourself

There can sometimes be a fine line between making an extra effort and taking on too much. Try not to do the latter as it rarely works out.

 

4) Fall out with your colleagues

An office environment will naturally be a conglomerate of different characters. If you don’t like the person you sit next to, make sure not to fall out with them. Conflict in the workplace is detrimental to productivity and won’t be fun for anyone. They don’t have to be your friend, you just need to learn to work with them for the good of the entire team.

 

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