6 First Job Habits to Avoid28 June 2017
Whether it’s your first position in your new field, or your very first full-time job, there are things to do and things not to do. Knowing the best first job habits to develop can be a challenge! It’s best to start your new position off on the right foot, and form good habits from the start.
There are some common things you don’t want to get in the habit of doing at the beginning of your new job:
- Not Asking Questions or For Help
It’s okay that you don’t know everything, especially when you’re new to something. You got hired by someone who probably knows that, too. However you will be working with people who have done the job for a long time so do what you can to learn best practices and glean from their wisdom! And when in doubt, ask for help, use the opportunity to continue to grow!
- Not Speaking Up
Sometimes the new guy or gal has a great perspective because they’re seeing operations for the first time. If you do it with respect and humility, your point of view as a new employee can be very eye-opening for your coworkers or supervisor.
- Speaking Up Too Much
Although speaking up is sometimes helpful, choosing when to speak up is crucial. You don’t want to give the impression you are superior to everyone else. Listening and observing are key when you’re new, so work to find a balance in offering suggestions or insight.
- Picking Favorites
Of course you will connect with some and not so much with others, but do your best to get along with everyone. It might sound obvious, but it can make all the difference in a workplace environment. Having an every-man-for-himself mentality won’t help you make an impression, at least not a good one. Instead, be willing to work with everyone and lend a hand where you can. This can go a long way in keeping a happy workplace and friendly relationships with your coworkers.
- Saying You “Can’t”
Keep it in perspective: you just haven’t learned yet. Having a positive, can-do or can-learn attitude is better than repeatedly telling your supervisor you can’t do something. Cheerfully volunteering to be taught a new skill on the job shows your supervisor that you’re invested in your position and doing more than just the bare minimum.
- Blow Off the Rules
It’s likely you’ll find that there’s a distinctive culture to your new work environment. It’s important to pay attention to it and respect it. Don’t think that the rules and expectations don’t apply to you because you’re new.
Certainly there’s no way to be perfect in a new job, especially when you’re putting new skills from your Pioneer Pacific College degree, diploma, or certificate to use. But hopefully we’ve helped you keep some things in mind for a positive new beginning! Need more help getting started with your new career? Check out our Career Services Department!