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By Damilola Faustino

Many people on their first job think that when they get their employment letter, it is all Uhuru. But, there are quite a few ways to ruin your first year of employment if you’re not careful. Here are some mistakes some people make at their first job:

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Being late

There are days when the bus is delayed or your car breaks down on the highway. But, don’t make this a habit. You want to fit in and not stand out. Others will notice and soon it will be a performance problem.

Having no goal

If your boss hasn’t set up formal work targets within the first month on the job, take the initiative to set up a meeting and have a discussion to formally outline performance expectations. This will help avoid potentially uncomfortable discussions later.

Hoarding at your workspace

Appearance is everything, and even if you’re very busy, it’s important to appear organized and in control at all times.

Avoiding the administration

Not making friends with the administrative assistant supporting your group will only hurt you. Make sure to always thank your assistant, get to know their families, what’s important to them, and how to work best with them.

Oversharing

Don’t share too much too quickly with too many people at work. Keep it professional. Remember, it takes time to build genuine relationships, so carefully select who you share non-work things with. Too many times non-work stories have come back to hurt someone’s career.

Neglecting niceties

Being polite and positive brings double the benefits compared to the very little effort it takes to initiate. Saying good morning, goodnight, and flashing a simple smile regardless if you’re having a bad day is the goal.

Waiting on your boss

If your boss doesn’t take the time to sit down with you, make it a point to set up an appointment on his/her calendar. Don’t wait on your boss to meet with you. Learn now how to manage up now to save you the growing pains later.

You act like you know everything

The beginning of a job is the time to ask people how things should be done and what expectations are. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for directions, instructions, or clarification. Do not ever act as if you know everything.

You cover up a mistake

No one expects you to be perfect. They do expect you to own your mistakes. There is a slim chance that your boss won’t notice that you’ve messed up unless you’re able to correct the mistake in record time. Managers will be more impressed if you’re proactive, admit to the mistake, and come armed with a plan.

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