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Starting a New Job? You’ll Want to Avoid These Traps

Source | LinkedIn : By Jan Johnston Osburn

New Job Jitters

So you accepted a new job and now you are feeling a little nervous about starting. New job jitters are normal but there are a few traps you should avoid to set yourself up for success.

Trap 1: The “change everything in the first week” trap – You’re probably looking to make an impact right away but instead of proceeding like a bull in a china shop, carefully observe how and why things are done the way they are done. When you understand work functions and how your co-workers, employees, or bosses fit into that scheme, you’re much more likely to make changes that add value.   

Trap 2: The “Sofa King” trap – It may be tempting to say “this is how we did it at my last job” but trust me, nobody wants to hear that.  You’re in a new company and new culture. You have to be wise enough to take what has worked well in the past and scale it to your current environment.

Revolutionize the company but make sure you have the right facts first.

And, oh, it’s called the ‘Sofa King’ trap because if you continually say “at my last company…”, someone will call you out on it and say “If it was sofa king great there, why did you leave?

Trap 3: The “I can half-ass it because I’m new” trap – No, you’re not going to know how things operate but don’t hide behind the “I’m new” status.  Take initiative and demonstrate determination as you tackle each new task you are given. That doesn’t mean that you don’t ask questions because you must know what is expected but you can’t half-ass work assignments just because you’re new. Exhibit that you have high professional standards and are willing to take on the challenging assignments.

Trap 4: The “assumptions and alliances” trap – You’ll have those people who want to show you the ropes and with that, they may try to give you history and background on your new co-workers.  Take it with a grain of salt.  Listen to what they say, tuck it away, but make up your own mind.  This is especially important if you are managing a team.  You should judge your team based upon what you see personally and not because of another person’s experience.

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