Career Advice

How to Lose a Job in 10 Days

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When you start a new job, the first 30-to-90 days are often the most important as they set the tone for both your work product and in-office relationships. Moreover, it gives both the hiring manager and your co-workers the opportunity to determine whether or not they want to continue working with you.

If you are preparing to start a new gig, avoid making small mistakes that could lead to big consequences. We spoke with Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume. If you’re looking to jump ship, do these 6 outrageous things. However, avoid these 6 missteps if you want to keep your job and be successful. Here’s how to lose a job in 10 days.

1. Assuming the job is a done deal

What is the number one mistake new hires make as soon as they get hired? Augustine says the biggest blunder is assuming that the job is a done deal.

“Yes, the ink may have dried on your contract, but don’t relax just yet,” advises Augustine. “Consider those first few months in your new job to be an extension of the interview process. During those first 90 days, your manager will be evaluating you to make sure you’re the right fit for the role. And, frankly, you should still be assessing your new gig and determining if you made the right career move.”

2. Tweeting without caution

While there is nothing wrong with making an announcement on social media about your new job, especially to your friends and family, it’s best to wait until you’ve actually settled into the role and have started producing positive results before you start broadcasting the news online.

Moreover, Augustine says you should exercise discretion and on-brand social media usage.

“Always be mindful of what you post about your colleagues and employers, past and present.,” advises Augustine. “No one wants to hire someone who will rant about their former boss online.”

3. Poor, lackadaisical behavior

When you start your new job, don’t forget that you’re still proving yourself. The first 30-to-90 days in your new position are extremely important and how you perform will allow the team to determine whether or not they made the right hire.

“Remember that you’re still auditioning for your new role — and, act accordingly.,” says Augustine. “Arrive at the office on time and with enthusiasm. Get to know your new colleagues and buddy up with someone who can show you the ropes, and answer the questions that your manager shouldn’t be asked.”

As soon as your first day, you should strive for quick wins and demonstrate the qualities that made you a desirable candidate and ultimately is the reason you were hired. In other words, make sure you have your goals set and hit the ground running.

4. Being a know-it-all

Another huge no-no made by new hires is assuming that they know everything on day one. If you brush people off when they are trying to show you the ropes, you’re going to leave a sour taste in your coworkers’ mouths.

“Regardless of your level of experience, there’s an expected learning curve when you’re ramping up in a new role,” says Augustine. “Don’t be afraid to ask for clarity on an assignment or set up meetings to interview your colleagues. During those first few months, it’s important to be a sponge and soak up as much information as you can that will help you do your job to the best of your ability.”

5. Using personal accounts at work

Initially, keep 150-percent focused on the job.

“Don’t get caught answering emails on your personal account, surfing your personal social media channels (unless that’s part of your role), or taking personal calls at the office,” suggest Augustine. “While every company has their own culture and corporate policy around the use of personal devices, it’s best to focus on the work and save your personal emails and Facebook updates for your break.”

6. Trying to transfer too soon

Instead of plotting and vocalizing your career trajectory on day 3, give yourself time to learn the inner-workings of the company and to stand out as a valuable employee.

“You may have joined the company’s customer support center with the ultimate goal of moving into the corporate marketing department, but it’s important to focus on the role you were hired for before you start vying for a job transfer,” says Augustine. “Prove that you’re a competent, valuable member of your new team before you set your sights on a different position within the company.”


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