Whether fresh out of college or if you have years of experience, the same unspoken rules
and etiquette apply when starting a new job. Be sure to follow the right path and avoid the
obvious missteps so you can ﬂourish in your new role.
National Association of Colleges and Employers | Economic Policy Institute
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Adecco | Careerealism.com | Monster.com | Forbes
Starting off on the right foot is important at any job, in any industry. This
is especially true for new college graduates. One or two missteps in the
early days at a new company can end up shaping how you’re perceived
by your peers, so it’s important to start smoothly.
THE PLAYING FIELD
WHAT NOT TO DO
Getting a ﬁrst “real” job post-graduation is hard enough. Once you do, it’s important to start off on the right foot.
Here are 10 sureﬁre tips to making sure that you do:
According to new data from the NACE, Economic Policy Institute, and the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, times are only going to get tougher for new college grads:
2012’s college grad
rate was 6.3%
2013 college grads will earn
less over the next 10-15 years
In 2013, businesses hired 2.1% more college graduates than in
2012, however it is a steep drop from 13.1% from 2011–2012.
New survey data by recruitment ﬁrm Adecco found that:
66% of hiring
unprepared 69% that actually are hiring said they
plan to bring on only 1–2 candidates
58% were not planning
to hire ANY entry level
graduates this year
Here we share some tips for what to do
and what not to do when starting a new job.
3. Set Goals And Track Progress
5. Get Involved
Push to be
and participate in
any social activities.
Care about what your
company cares about.
Don’t be afraid
to ask for
may yet be
foreign to you.
In Your New Job
1. Make Connections
trust to provide
2. Ask for Feedback
Build strong relationships that you
foster over time. Grab a coffee
or beer to connect and bond
with colleagues. They will be
more invested in your progress.
Tracking progress is critical, especially in
your ﬁrst 90 days. Set goals with your boss and
keep him/her in the loop on your progress.
Always be in tune, and don't be afraid
to voice your opinion. If your company
doesn't have an enterprise social
network (ESN), ask to start one as they
are useful in having your voice heard
4. Speak up
7. Introduce Yourself In Your Company’s
Enterprise Social Network
MY NAME IS
Be visible in your company’s ESN.
Ask questions and provide answers.
It will give you the opportunity to
add value to the conversation and
make new connections.
8. Be innovative
for how to
or how to improve a process you
use in your job, just make sure
you do it at the right time.
10. Learn The Industry9. Volunteer For High
Be there to contribute,
or to volunteer for a
project when nobody
else raises their hand.
The bigger, the better.
Do your research on
your company and the
competitors in your
goes a long way.
TEN TIPS FOR STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
are obvious no-nos.
Job sites, Monster and
some advice on a few
behaviors that you
43 percent of
54 percent of managers failed
to hire anyone in the last two
years due to weak resumes,
regardless of initial interview
Skimp on Your Resume:Be Careless:
If you mess-up, make sure your boss
knows ﬁrst. Frequent contact and
follow-up goes a long way.
to be earned
and trust can
only be gained
Compare Your Previous
Company to Your Present
Cultures and Dynamics
If you have a better
way of doing something,
ﬁnd the right
Be Overly Eager and Impatient
There's a ﬁne
Use Technology Inappropriately
Not everyone allows
employees to IM, or
use Facebook and
Twitter on company
time. It depends on
the company culture.
Learning the right things
to do when starting a
new job is always ideal.
However, knowing what
not to do is equally
Failure to respect
the culture and
how things get
done in a