8 do's and don'ts of starting a new job

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8 Do’s and Don’ts of starting a new job.

Are you starting your first adult job? Or maybe you are joining a new company? Either way the nerves of starting a new role never really go away. It can be stressful and scary as the first-day approaches, however, planning ahead can make sure you get off to the best start!

From checking the dress code to making sure you ask for help; we’ve listed our top do’s and don’ts when starting a new job…


1. Define expectations.

When you start a new role it’s important to talk with your supervisor and define clear expectations, both long-term and day-to-day. This way you can establish your daily priorities and the goals you must reach to fulfil your job. With each of these specified, you can plan your workflow and make sure you are achieving expectations.

2. Check out the Dress code.

It's possible that what you wore to the interview will be different from what you wear to the office. Check out the dress code or ask what the proper attire is for your workplace if you haven't received one. Prepare a couple of outfits in advance to avoid rushing to find something to wear in the morning. If you’re unsure, always go smarter.

3. Set your own realistic goals

It can take a while to feel settled with a new company, but choosing realistic personal goals can help you see how far you’ve come over time. These can be as simple as talking to 10 different colleagues or speaking up in meetings. Don’t expect too much of yourself, the goals should reflect your own personal growth.

4. Ask for feedback regularly

Make asking for feedback a regular habit. Receiving feedback on how you're doing in your new position might help you understand your strengths and areas for improvement. You can then plan how to improve your work and make sure you feel comfortable in the role.


1. Don’t make assumptions

You may experience different ways of working in your new role than you are used to. You might need some time to become accustomed to your new work’s procedures and workflow. As a result, it's important to avoid assumptions by maintaining an open mind.

2. Don’t share too much personal info

It’s generally a good idea to limit sharing too much personal information while in a professional workplace. It’s wise to be extra cautious when starting a new job because your relationships with your co-workers haven't yet fully developed. As you get used to the demands of your work, exercising a certain amount of discretion might help you avoid situations that could lead to rumours or arguments.

3. Don’t engage in work drama and gossip

It could be difficult to find your way around in your new workplace at first. There may be office drama or gossip but try to stay away from this. Avoiding gossip can reduce the number of distractions you experience while working and can help you maintain good connections with your co-workers.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

There is no such thing as a stupid question. Your employer would much rather you ask a simple question than make a mistake. No one is expecting you to know everything, and it's always better to seek assistance than to try to make assumptions. Never forget that the employer hired you knowing your knowledge and skill level so don’t feel embarrassed if you don’t know something.