If you make listening and observing your occupation, you will gain much more than you will by talking.
— Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts
“A beginning is a very delicate time.” Starting a new job can be a trying experience. Especially if you were out of work for a while, moved into a new industry or even an entirely new line of work. There are a host of unknowns; unfamiliar faces, opaque office politics and where exactly is the bathroom?
If you want to excel in your new job, there are a number of behaviors you should avoid, to make your life easier in your new role and put yourself in the best position to be successful. In this article, I discuss four costly mistakes that can ruin your job and give you some useful techniques to keep yourself from making them.