Starting Off On The Right Foot In Your New Job

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Starting off on the right foot is important at any job, in any industry. This is especially true for new college graduates. One or two missteps in the early days at a new company can end up sharing how your perceived by your peers, so it's important to start smoothly. Here we share some tips for what to do and what not to do when starting a new job.

1) Make Connections

Build strong relationship that you foster over time. Grab at coffee or beer to connect and bond with colleagues. They will be more invested in your progress.

2) Ask For Feedback

Get regular from people you trust to provide you candid feedback on general and specific areas you can improve.

3) Set Goals And Track Progress

Tracking progress is critical, especially in your first 90 days. Set goals with your boss and keep him/her in the loop on your progress.

4) Speak Up

Always be in tune, and don't be afraid to voice your opinion. If your company doesn't have an enterprise social network (ESN), ask to start one as they are useful in having your voice heard.

5) Get Involved

Push to be involved in company initiatives, and participate in any social activities. Care about what your company cares about.

6) Ask Questions

Don't be afraid to ask for clarification on anything that may yet be foreign to you.

7) Introduce Yourself In Your Company's Enterprise Social Network

Be visible in your company's ESN Ask questions and provide answers. It will give you the opportunity to add value to the conversation and make new connections.

8) Be Innovative

Offer ideas for how to enhance a product, or how to improve a process you use in your job, just make sure you do it at the right time.

9) Volunteer For High Profile Projects

Be there to contribute, or to volunteer for a project when nobody else raises their hand. The bigger, the better.

10) Learn The Industry

Do your research on your company and the competitors in your industry. Knowledge goes a long way.

What Not To Do

Learning the right things to do when starting a new job is always ideal. However, knowing what not to do is equally important.

Be Careless

43 percent of managers hold spelling in high regard.

Skimp On Your Resume

54 percent of managers failed to hire anyone in the last two years due to weak resumes, regardless of initial interview success.

Tardiness and inappropriate dress

Tardiness and inappropriate dress are obvious no-nos. job sites, Monster and careerealism, have some advice on a few not-so-obvious negative behaviors that you should avoid.

Expect Respect And Trust

Respect needs to be earned and trust can only be gained through time and work quality.

Disregard Existing Cultures And  Dynamics

Failure to respect the culture and how things get done in a company is not ideal.

Compare Your Previous Company To Your present

If you have a better way of doing something, find the right forum to air your suggestions.

Be Overly Eager And Impatient

There's a fine line between initiative and being presumptuous when contributing.

Use Technology Inappropriately

Not everyone allows employees to IM, or use Facebook and Twitter on company time . It depends on the company culture.

Avoid Your Boss

If you mess-up, make sure your boss knows first. Frequently contact and follow-up goes a long way.

Whether fresh out of college or if you have years of experience, the same unspoken rules and etiquette apply when starting a new job. Be sure to follow the right path and avoid the obvious missteps so you can flourish in your new role.

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