New Job? You’re Going to Make Mistakes
In Just Starting By kathrynpless

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Yes you’re new and yes you’re going to make mistakes. Use them as learning tools and you’ll be okay.


On any new job, you’re going to make mistakes. The best thing to do is to learn from them and find ways to avoid them in the future.  No one expects you to be perfect.  And being your worst critic will not help you or your boss. 


Steps to take…


Admit Your Mistakes – So let’s say you’ve just made a mistake.  First of all, don’t panic. One of the worst mistakes a newbie makes is to try to cover up a mistake. You will show that you are a mature and competent worker if you can admit that you messed up instead of trying to hide the fact. Face it, the truth always comes out so face the music head on. 


Don’t Fret, Focus – Don’t think it is the end of the world.  You are not the first person to make a mistake.  And even though it may feel like it, it is NOT the end of the world.  Just about anything can be fixed.  Just focus on a game plan to right the wrong.


Remain CompetentDon’t let the fear of making a mistake keep you from making decisions or taking risks.  The old saying, “it is better to ask forgiveness than permission,” rings true on occasion in the workplace.  Bosses often would rather have employees who take chances and improve from there, rather than have employees who just sit on their hands.


Ask Questions – Look for ways to correct what you’ve done and don’t be afraid to ask for help.  You’ll need to expand your knowledge base to keep from making the same mistake, and asking questions can be that very powerful tool to your learning experience.


So ‘Buck it up, Binky,’ we all make mistakes.  It’s whether or not you learn from them that counts.

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