Do’s and Don’ts on your first 30 days at a new job


By DPS Blogger and Marketing Coordinator: Josefina Romano

Starting a new job can be an exciting and testing time. It’s the start of a new learning experience but it is also a trial period for you and your new employer. The first 30 days of employment is your opportunity to showcase your skills and give your employer an idea of your work style and ethics. These first 30 days can be the difference between being successful or not at your new job. Here are some important things you should and shouldn’t do during your first 30 days of employment:

Things to do:

Be ready and enthusiastic to work – DO show up to work with a can-do attitude! Your first days of training can feel overwhelming with new procedures, programs, rules and communication standards, but you will learn. Every one of your new co-workers have passed through the same training you are going through, and they made it through successfully, so you will too. Keep an open mind and a positive attitude to learning new things and you will be on the path to a successful start.

Always be on time – Needless to say, the last thing you want to do at your new job is show up late. Late arrival can be perceived as unprofessional and a lack of ability to plan effectively. Traffic is a real thing everywhere, but you must plan for everything. Account for traffic, accidents and everything that your commute may throw at you. Remember, it is better to be much earlier to work than to get there late.

Communicate often – The first month at your new job is a time to set and understand your company’s communication standards. It is up to you to communicate with your superiors, talk to your team, and talk about the items that you have questions about.

Introduce yourself  – Make an effort to interact with your new team members. They are the people that you will be working with closely and that can help you as you learn your company’s new processes. Don’t be afraid to make a simple introduction if you walk past someone or catch them in the break room. Relationship building should start from your very first day.


Things not to do:

Fail to Understand Expectations – It is crucial that you understand what is expected out of you both quantitatively and qualitatively. If expectations aren’t explained to you directly – don’t be afraid to ask! The only way you can achieve the goals set for you in your new role are if you know what they are. Set a time to speak to your supervisor or manager to discuss and clarify expectations if needed.

Resist company culture – Company culture is made up of written and unwritten rules on how everything operates within an organization. Be observant in your first 30 days to understand how business is done and then do your best to assimilate. If you can operate within the norms of the company culture it is a good step to having a successful start at your new job.

Be unprepared – While training is provided to you, there may be times where you will have to use your personal time to keep learning or studying processes and programs. The more knowledgeable and prepared you are for new challenges at your job the more successful you will be in the end. Keep in mind to use the resources provided for you, ask questions, and interact with your team members to help you prepare.

Forget to track and report – Although being the newest member of the team allows for some opportunity to miss a procedure or process – that can only last for so long. Don’t expect to go unnoticed and be under the radar for long. The reason you were brought in was for improved company results. Therefore, do your best to start tracking your progress from your very first day on the job. This way you have data to report of your progress and success at all times.

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