What to Do and What Not to Do Now That You Landed the Job

You did it! You’ve searched for and found a great job for yourself. You’ve interviewed and were hired. Now it’s time to get to work.

But don’t fall into the trap and let some common blunders derail you.

Here is what not to do, now that you landed that job…

1) First and foremost, don’t show up late.

Being prompt matters. Do whatever it takes to be punctual for your new place of employment: fill up your tank with gas the night before, test drive the route, double check your alarm. And factor in ample time to get ready in the morning. The first few weeks are crucial in making a fabulous impression with your new boss.

2)  Don’t dress unprofessionally.
You’ve always heard you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Discuss with the human resource department or the hiring manager the appropriate mode of dress for your new office environment. Wearing Friday casual on a Monday may not go over well at all.

3) Don’t expect to be coddled.

Yes, it’s okay to ask for help during the first few weeks in your new position. Everyone expects that there will be things you don’t know or procedures with which you are not yet familiar. So feel free to ask for guidance. But don’t expect that someone else will do the task for you while you watch. Ask questions and then complete whatever project you are working on to the best of your ability. You’ll learn by doing, not by observing.

4) Don’t peruse the company computer for private or personal use.

It goes without saying that any and all questionable websites should not be visited during office hours. You’re being paid by the business to do the company’s work. So even something as benign as checking the weather channel to see if it’s still raining in France because your cousin Fred is vacationing there, is something you should do at home, on your own time, on your own computer.

5) Don’t make personal calls.

Of course, it you need to notify your babysitter about some pressing matter, do so. But keep your personal calls to a minimum and do them on your breaks or lunch hour whenever possible.

6) Don’t be a Know-It-All.

Often when you start a new job, you see things with a fresh pair of eyes. It’s natural to want to offer to improve your company’s way of dealing with customers or situations. Or  maybe you did things differently at your previous place of employment, which seems to make better sense for the new corporation’s bottom line. Shouldn’t you feel free to share this knowledge with your supervisor or colleagues?

Not yet. In the beginning you’ll need to focus on learning your job and absorbing all that  there is to know about your new company and it’s culture. In due course, you should be able to offer suggestions as you become more familiar with their policies and structure. Any proposals too early can make it appear as if you think you know better, which can put you in an awkward and problematic situation with your fellow employees.

Take the time first to get a feel for your new surroundings. When you’ve had a chance to settle in with your new position, your ideas will probably be met with more acceptance.

Following these six simple suggestions you will get off on the right foot in your new position and before you know it, you won’t be the low man/woman on the totem pole anymore.