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Starting a new job can be a daunting task. The Career Experts at Bayt.com outline how to start off on the right foot.

Starting a new job can be very daunting especially if you have been with your last company for a while. You will have to meet new people, learn the ropes, get accustomed to new processes and procedures and learn how to excel in a brand new environment. Below the career experts at Bayt.com, the Middle East’s #1 job site, outline some key points to keep in mind to start your new job off on the right foot.

Be prepared

Read up on the company beforehand and make sure you are well versed in the products, competition and company culture and direction. Ask your new boss if there are materials you can read before you join and try to meet some of the people you will be working with beforehand so the terrain is not completely unfamiliar.

Arrive early

Make sure you are not late to the job the first weeks and that you put in all the hours required. Taking long lunch breaks and leaving before everyone else will set a bad tone and will not earn you the good will of your new colleagues.

Look the part

Make sure you are dressed for the role and that you appear polished, well-groomed, cool, confident, happy and in control. Project a positive energy. First impressions are important and you need to ensure that you make a good one.

Ask questions

Ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. It will take you a while to get used to the company’s policies and procedures and asking the right people the right questions is the best way to avoid potentially costly mistakes.


A good idea in your first days on the job is to listen more and talk less. You have a lot to learn and you don’t want alienate people or rub them the wrong way by being over-ebullient or over-aggressive before you are familiar with the office politics and the new dynamics and know the different players.

Be proactive

Offer to pitch in with projects that need work and don’t shy from taking on added responsibilities providing these do not interfere with your basic deliverables. Your work ethic is being gauged from the first day you join and you need to show that you are keen, enthusiastic and not afraid of hard work.

Get to know your colleagues

Show that you are interested in your colleagues and happy to be working with them by smiling, being considerate, asking questions and offering to lend a hand. You will be spending a lot of time with your new work colleagues and it is essential that you have good relationships with them.

Show respect and courtesy

Earn the respect of your colleagues by treating them as you would like to be treated and showing common courtesy and respect in all your interactions. Gaining their respect is crucial to you ability to work with them effectively over the long term.

Make good on promises

Start as you mean to carry on and do not bite more than you can chew. Make sure you do not make promises you cannot keep as these will be remembered and will diminish your future credibility in the workplace. Keep the promises you make manageable and aim for a few easy early wins with projects that have buy-in and support from upper management.

Be clear about your role

Set expectations early. Make sure you are very clear as to what is expected of you, what the immediate priorities are, how your performance will be appraised and how frequently you need to update your boss on projects and deliverables.

Learn who the influential players are

Identify who the key players are and try to emulate them as well as learn how they get things done. If you can get put on projects with them, even better.

Don’t join the office gossip mill

Do not participate in office gossip no matter how endemic it is. You can listen to what its being said in the office grapevine to avoid making the same mistakes but do not offer your own opinions or encourage the gossip in any way.

Don’t try to make big changes

Your first weeks on the job should be used to learn the ropes, ask questions and formulate lasting impressions with bosses, clients and co-workers, not to affect drastic change. You need the counsel, support, perspective and buy-in of others in the firm in order to make lasting change and attempting any drastic measures before you have earned their trust and buy-in and done the necessary groundwork is usually unadvisable and costly.

Don’t complain about your jobs

Don’t brag

Don’t start off your new job bragging about past wins and successes as this will only alienate those around you. No matter how successful your career has been to date and how hard the company hunted you down before you accepted the offer, you need to check the “star” quality at the door and project humility and modesty your first weeks on the job. You still have to earn the respect and admiration of your new colleagues and will do so only be excelling in your new role through hard work, skill and perseverance.

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Reader's Comments

1. عمر المبارك موسى أحمدجزاكم الله خيرا على ما قدمتموه لنا من فوائد علميه جليله . ترسم الطريق للاحقين و تذكره للسابقين .
Thu 12-Nov-2015 15:39 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
2. Mohamed Rushdi Sabir Ahmedنصائح مفيدة <br />شكرا جزيلا <br />وأرجو التوفيق للجميع <br />دعواتكم معنا بالتوفيق <br />شكرا
Mon 21-Sep-2015 12:23 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
3. KHALID ABDULLAH ABDUL RAHMAN ALHARBIReally it's free good suggestions <br /> <br />Thanks
Sun 06-Jul-2014 02:44 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
4. badreldin aliشكرا لقد إستفدت من ذلك
Wed 22-Feb-2012 22:15 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
5. Fatima Hammoumiنشكركم على المساندة و النصائح التي تقدمونها والفرص التمينة من اجل ايجاد منصب عمل ونرجو منكم الاستجابة لطلباتنا مع تحياتي لفريق عمل بيت كوم.
Sun 19-Feb-2012 15:32 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
6. مراد زقروthank you a lot for this advise.
Sun 28-Nov-2010 20:06 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
7. Naveed Sajid Chwhat a fantastic article for the first job seekers. it is a good thought to be delivered...
Sun 06-Dec-2009 13:20 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
8. mahmoud omerاتوجه بخالص الشكر لإدارة الموقع على هذه المعلومات الثمينة و التى تساعد على ارتفاع مستوى الفرد و بالتالى تساعد على ارتقاء مستوى المجتمع و بصفة شخصية أفادتنى هذه الإرشادات على أخذ فى الإعتبار نقاط كنت فى غفلة عنها . فلابد من أخذها فى الإعتبار فشكرا جزيلا لكم
Tue 20-Oct-2009 05:53 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
9. sameh yosefفي الحقيقه الموقع وافي و يغطي كافه الجوانب و الارشادات التي تجعل من اي شخص يتقدم للعمل ان يكون مسلح بكافه انواع المشوره و الدعم و نشكركم جدا علي هذا الجهد الوافر من اداره الموقع
Tue 07-Apr-2009 08:28 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
10. bassam fanousReally nice advice. I really would keep that in mind for any new job I have. really precious info
Tue 07-Apr-2009 05:06 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
11. Fareed ElsherbenyReally nice advice. I really would keep that in mind for any new job I have. really precious info
Sun 18-Jan-2009 23:11 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
12. Saif KhanVery Healthy and Helpful prerequisites needed when starting a job. I would definitely keep them in mind whenever starting a new job.
Mon 22-Dec-2008 15:02 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
13. athar atharit's a good advice about less talk & more listen in your first days on the job. This advice is very helpful and full of wisdom no doubt.
Wed 03-Dec-2008 14:59 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
14. Asim KhanNice tips by bayt....... and lemme try to abide by it....coz.... der is a difference between reading and doing it practically.....nywez nice n helpful article
Mon 29-Sep-2008 03:01 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
15. Ameer Kandikkale PeedikayilThe Tips are very nice.Be far from office gossips and unwanted gatherings.Give respect to old staffs as though they are subordinates.Do not talk secrets.Do not tell bad about old company.Always keep in mind this: Give respect,Take respect
Wed 20-Aug-2008 14:22 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
16. Shibu AbrahamBAYT has suggested excellent TIPS for a new applicant, every point shuold be kept in heart to cope with the new job environment. thanks BAYt team for an excellent post. I was really inspired by all of your TIPS.
Tue 01-Jul-2008 07:40 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
17. mohamed el-dalilthese are ahelpful tips thank you for your effort
Tue 24-Jun-2008 13:16 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
18. Rashi JoshiI find articles at Bayt and in particular this article to be very useful.I best liked the advice of talking less and listening more in the first few days at the new job.At times in our over-enthusiam and to prove ourselves,we start talking a lot in the few first days at our new jobs and this might actually create a wrong impression with the boss as well as the colleagues.
Mon 23-Jun-2008 09:52 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
19. السيد عبدالقوي عبداللطيفاشكركم علي هذه النصائح الغالية اتمني من كل قلبي أن استفيد منها في أقرب وقت ممكن من خلال ما تجدونه مناسباً لي من فرصة عمل حقيقية في احدي الدول العربية التي تهتم وتقدر المعلمين وتعطي الفرصة للابتكار والإبداع وتشجع التنافس البناء من الوصول الي الصالح العام وهو خلق مواطن قادر علي ان ينفع نفسه ومجتمعه
Sat 21-Jun-2008 02:22 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
20. Abdulmalek Alsaati.helpful tips .. thank you alot
Thu 12-Jun-2008 07:42 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
21. Michael HenrySuper perfect article very thanks for your efforts
Sat 10-May-2008 01:58 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
22. Engr.Salisu Al-Hajj BoyiCareer Exparts at Bayt.com you have done a good work, infact in my opinion, this is all what a new job starter needs.May Allah give u more wishdom. Engr. Salisu Al-Hajj Boyi
Thu 27-Mar-2008 11:46 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
23. kingsley nyatwawhat a superb job u r doing fo poor job seekers
Wed 26-Mar-2008 13:24 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
24. Jane BullSTARTING A NEW JOB:- The advice on 'Listen': 'A good idea in your first days on the job is to listen more and talk less. You have a lot to learn and you don’t want to alienate people or rub them the wrong way by being over-ebullient or over-aggressive before you are familiar with the office politics and the new dynamics and know the different players.' The aforementioned advice is so very helpful and full of wisdom which undoubtedly leads, if one follows this excellent advice, to a harmonious working environment which would pay dividends all round and one that I am going to use as my 'touchstone' as it were. Thank you for this superb advice. Bigwideworld
Wed 27-Feb-2008 13:02 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment

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