After job hunting for some time, you finally clinch a good job that will give you the push you need in your career, and you are ready to go on this journey with your new colleagues who will become a significant part of your life.
Starting a new job is not an easy task; it can be exciting and scary at the same time. Whether the new job is your ninth job or your first job, there are certain things you should never do, especially in your first week as this determines the image you will have at the company. In the first week, you will be busy trying to memorize people’s names and getting familiar with the office environment, but our tips are very vital if you want to have a great stay at your new place of work.
Do Not Skip Work Without Informing Someone
Whatever reason you have for skipping work, make sure you inform your head of department, supervisor, or someone in your department. It is disrespectful to not show up at work without any information from you when you are new. Even if you are sick, make sure you talk to someone. Send an email to a colleague, don’t miss out on work without getting approval from someone via email, phone call, or text.
Do Not Do Personal Work At The Office
If you run a personal blog or brand, the office is not the right place for you to publish a post on your blog or edit your videos on YouTube, especially when you are new. What kind of image do you want to pass across? While it is good to have a side job, make sure it doesn’t get in the way of the job you are paid to do.
Do Not Be Late
There is no excuse for showing up late to your place of work. No excuse at all. African time is not appropriate for a new job. If you live far from work, wake up earlier to beat traffic. Try to show up on time during your first few weeks; it will do you a lot of good. Excuses are tedious and tiring; you do not want to start with them.
Do Not Dress Shabbily
No one wants to know what you have been through, the fact that things are difficult for you doesn’t mean you should show up at your new place of work looking unkempt and shabby. During the first few weeks, try to look good. You do not need to break the bank to look good. If you are not financially comfortable, you can purchase second-hand clothes; they are very affordable.
Do Not Act Like You Know It All
Even if you have thirty years of experience in the job, you do not have that experience in your new place of work. So, instead of blowing your rusty trumpet, humble yourself and learn the ropes of the organization. You cannot know it all, and TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More. No man is an island, so humble yourself and be teachable.