Tips for when starting a new job

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4 Tips when starting a new job

So you've written a great CV, sailed through your job interview and you're all ready to start your new job - the first rung on the ladder to success. But before you begin, read our handy guide on what not to do when entering the world of work!

Watch your timekeeping

First, never be late to work. This may sound like common sense, as it's something you should have learned in your first year at school. But it's surprising the number of people who go rushing into the office, feeling stressed and looking untidy, thinking, "Oh well, I'm only a few minutes late!"

Contrary to what you may think, your boss will notice and it does matter. This makes you appear unprofessional and like you don't really care, especially if you're on a probationary period. If you're in any doubt as to the time it will take you to travel to work, complete a test-run before you start, using your chosen mode of transport.

Professional behaviour

Another way of appearing unprofessional is arriving at work in the wrong type of attire. While you may think "casual but smart" is acceptable, your new employer may prefer a tidy suit and a more businesslike appearance. The safest thing to do is have a chat with the HR department before you start to find out the appropriate dress code.

When it comes to training, many companies expect new trainees to complete an induction course. This isn't something you should take lightly. Even if you think it's all self-explanatory and you can manage without it, your new employer doesn't! Take it seriously and show an interest, or you will appear over-confident and like you may cut corners.

Think for yourself

Don't expect co-workers to hold your hand or do your job for you. Even though you're a trainee, you're still expected to be competent, so before you're let loose in your new role, make sure you understand the basics.

This includes knowing exactly what's required of you and how to use the tools of your trade, including the software and anything else that makes up the standard operating system of your day-to-day job. Of course, if you genuinely need help, don't be afraid to ask, but do your utmost to ensure you have a grasp of things before you begin.

Don't waste time!

This may also seem obvious, but don't take personal phone calls or texts at work. Even though they may seem important to you - and you may think nobody notices when you sneak your mobile out of your pocket and on to your knee to check your messages - someone will have their eye on you. Your new employer is paying for your time, so if you're wasting it communicating with your friends and family, it won't end well.

If you follow some basic ground rules, you will build a reputation as a trusted and reliable professional and should be able to progress in the company over time. For more career advice and guidance, contact our friendly team at CareerBite!

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