Everyone’s first job, immediately after graduation is full of opportunities. You are too excited to get your first paycheck. We have mentioned a few common mistakes of the first job which can be avoided by following simple steps.
1. LACK PUNCTUALITY
Being late to the job is a major mistake. So spare some extra time in cases of emergency like a traffic jam, delayed train, winding hallways, etc. If you are late on the very first day (or any day of the job) it creates a bad impression about you. It implies that you have taken the job for granted. It proves that you lack punctuality.
2. ACT LIKE YOU KNOW EVERYTHING
At the beginning of every job, you should ask your employer or other experienced employees that how things should be done. Don’t feel any embarrassment in asking these questions, directions, any clarification you want or instructions.
Asking questions will imply that you really want to learn and achieve something honestly in your life. If you don’t ask questions and do wrong things, it may annoy your boss.
3. MISS THE OFFICE TRIP
Your first job is the opportunity to build relationships and meet new colleagues. Sitting at your place from 9-5 working for 8 hours will not allow you to communicate and network with other employees of the organization. You will miss such a great thing if you don’t go for the official trip. You will lose the opportunity to meet new co-workers.
4. YOU CHECK YOUR PHONE CONTINUOUSLY
You should never carry your cell phone to a meeting unless you’re thinking of an important business call. Instead, you should tell your manager beforehand that you’re waiting for someone’s call of a client and may have to move out to attend the call. Then your manager won’t get upset or rude to you. But don’t attend personal calls like of friends, family or any other near and dear ones.
5. FORGETTING THE 4Cs OF ETIQUETTE
You should follow the 4Cs of etiquette: Courtesy, Consideration, Camaraderie, and Class. You should be too polite to your colleagues and managers: use “please”, “thank you” and “excuse me”. If you commit any mistake by chance, apologize and say “sorry”. Don’t interrupt others and you should listen more than talk. You should keep your pitch low and your cell phone on silent mode. You should be a model of good hygiene and classy dress.
6. IGNORING THE PEOPLE OF THE ORGANIZATION
You have been hired for the computer skills, rather than people skills, you think. So you complete your work in the most effective manner. It’s fine, but do you know the employees and senior staff of the organization? Think about it!! Do you even know the names and jobs of people working along with you?
Get to know who runs the various departments, and find out the names and titles of everybody (few key people and colleagues at least) of the organization. As a new employee, then you can share your work-related issues with co-workers and make friends as well.
7. TRYING TOO HARD TO BE LIKED
Maybe, you were one of the craziest guys in your school times for your jokes, pranks and good cheer. So you go out to everyone in your department, you bring chocolates every week, you make poor jokes. It can irritate people as they may not want to listen.
It’s nice to be popular, but it is best that you should be respected at your workplace.