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Good Habits to Form When You First Start a Job

There’s no doubt that it can take a tremendous amount of effort to land a new job. It requires a certain behavior that communicates to company officials that YOU are the person they should hire for the position.

However, that energy, effort, and behavior should NOT disappear once you land the job. No, that’s just the beginning. Now you have to start the new job, and what you do and how you act during that transition is every bit as important as what you did to get the job. (And in terms of keeping the job that you worked so hard to get, it’s even more important.)

One way to ensure that you’re successful is to form and practice the right habits.

Below are good habits to form when you first start a new job:

#1—Be attentive and fully present.

Your new employer wants to know that they have your attention. Make it clear that you are ready and willing to be a “sponge” once you start working, soaking up as much information and instruction as you can. People have a nasty habit of always being on their smartphone these days. Do NOT be tempted. Resist the siren song of technology and leave your phone alone.

#2—Be willing to find answers.

There’s a good chance that you are not going to have all the answers during your first few days (or weeks) on the job. That’s okay. You’re not supposed to. However, you should be willing to find the answers, no matter where those answers might be. When you start a new position, being proactive and taking initiative are of paramount importance. It sends the message that you’re serious about what you’re doing, and that is the message you want to send.

#3—Do what you say you are going to do.

As we’ve mentioned before in our blog, this is the best way to brand yourself as somebody who is dependable and reliable. Employers want to hire people who are dependable, and they want to keep people who are dependable. When you think about it, doing what you say you’re going to do is really not that difficult. Essentially, you must follow through without fail.

#4—Be decisive.

“Paralysis by analysis” can trip you up at the start of a new job. That’s because people are typically afraid to make mistakes. Making mistakes is not necessarily a bad thing, but making the same mistake twice could be. Being decisive is part of being proactive and taking initiative. Sure, you need information to make sound decisions. However, like anything else, being decisive becomes a habit . . . and it’s a good one.

Good habits are what you want to form when you start a new job. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to fall into bad ones. That’s why it takes a concerted effort and the desire to exhibit positive behavior when dealing with your colleagues within the workplace environment.

Time Staffing can not only help you find a great new position, but we can also help prepare you for what to do once you start your new job.

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