Starting in a new job? Here are ways to cope

Starting in a new job? Here are ways to cope

SINGAPORE - First days in a new job are often viewed with apprehension - and for good reason. A good first day can pave the way for a positive career with a new company.

But get off on the wrong foot with your new boss and you can be assured that you will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

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Human resource experts agree that being punctual for work is the top rule, regardless of what job or sector you are in.

"Guard against situations that could potentially make you late, such as bad traffic, by leaving home a little earlier than usual so there's some buffer time should such circumstances arise," said Mr Francis Koh, managing director of Capita Staffing and Search.

He also advises asking questions about everything you are unsure of, a tip that could prevent mistakes being made along the way. "The first day at work can be overwhelming, by sheer virtue of the fact that there are so many new things to learn as well as meetings with new colleagues."

His final piece of advice: Keep an open mind. Comparing a new job with your old one will only lead to excessive worrying over minor details that may ultimately hinder your work.

First-day expectations can be equally daunting for senior management, said Mr Daniel Soh, managing partner of Leadership International, which deals in recruitment of senior management staff.

This type of new hires, he said, are expected to "hit the ground running" from the first week, especially because many of them are hired to address specific challenges in the organisation, such as revamping its business operations.

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