Starting a new job can be both exciting and nerve-racking. There are a lot of unknowns that come with starting a new job, and you might have a lot of doubts or questions. Will you fit in with your co-workers? How nice will your supervisors be? What if you make mistakes on the job? These questions, for now, aren’t answerable. Fortunately, there are some things you can keep in mind when you start that will help you excel at your new job.


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Demonstrate good work ethic

No matter where you’re stationed or what you’re doing, demonstrate a good work ethic. Demonstrating a good work ethic means you are showing your supervisors and co-workers that you take the job seriously. You want to show them that you’re a dependable worker and an asset for their team. Here are a few ways you can demonstrate a good work ethic:

  • Show up on time/early every day.
  • Ask for extra work if you’ve run out of things to do.
  • Be willing to work extra hours until the job is done.
  • Treat everyone you meet with respect.

Doing these things, and more, will help show your supervisors that you mean business and will help you excel at your new job.


Be open to constructive criticism

One of the best ways to start a new job on the right foot is being open to feedback or constructive criticism. This means taking others’ advice into consideration while doing your job. This advice could come from your supervisor or co-workers who have been there longer than you.

You might be wondering if this is necessary if you have many years of experience. The answer is, it depends. Experience is definitely what sets you apart from the rest, but sometimes feedback is needed to round out your skillset. The new company might also have different rules and procedures that you need to follow.

Additionally, nobody likes a know-it-all. The point is, even if you know what you’re doing, getting some feedback every now and then can help.


Take responsibility

To excel at your new job, you need to be honest and straightforward about mistakes you make.

Owning up to your mistakes is a big part of any job. If you mess up somewhere and it impacts other workers or other departments, you need to take responsibility. Shifting the blame helps no-one. This is especially the case if you don’t understand something and your mistakes will repeat if you don’t learn how to do it correctly.


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