Top 7 Mistakes on Your First Day of Work That Make You Seem Inexperienced

Remember… first impressions matter!!


Certain actions can give off the impression that you’re less competent than you really are.

Top 7 Mistakes on Your First Day of Work That Make You Seem Inexperienced

By Peter Economy

Top 7 Mistakes on Your First Day of Work That Make You Seem Inexperienced

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Even though we all have first-day jitters, there are some things that we can do that make us seem more experienced than not. Regardless of how prepared you are for the role, certain actions can give off the impression that you’re less competent than you really are. What are the things that make you seem inexperienced on the first day of your new job? Check out the top 7 here.

1. Going out the night before

If you’ve been out and about the night before, it always shows. You’ll be less attentive, alert, and able to respond. Don’t risk one night of fun for a potential career–even if you think it doesn’t, it’ll show.

2. Jumping in before you’re ready

Even if you think you can, don’t embark on a task without making sure you completely understand the instructions, and that you’ll be able to execute what your boss is asking for. Otherwise, he or she might think that you’re unable to exceed the expectations they had in mind.

3. Dressing incorrectly

Whether it’s overly dressing up or down, the way that you present yourself your first day immediately shows whether or not you’ll be able to fit in at the office. Make sure that you know what kind of image the company is trying to project of itself, and dress your part.

4. Being negative

Before the rest of the office knows how eager and positive your demeanor may normally be, showing a different kind of attitude the first day of work definitely leaves a negative impression. Take care not to be negative, or to avoid any kind of complaining while you’re going about your first day.

5. Acting overeager

Even if you are enthusiastic, there’s something we all dislike about the person that tries too hard. Show that you’re able to complete everything the company asks and demands of you, but don’t go too overboard.

6. Not admitting your mistakes

Even though we all are sure to make mistakes when we just start somewhere, being able to own up to them and amend for them correctly is an important skill that only the most professional of employees possess. Don’t make the rookie mistake, and own up to them too.

7. Talking trash

There’s nothing someone dislikes more than someone who runs their mouth at any chance they get. Don’t be that person in the office. And definitely don’t be that person on the first day.

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“Energy Jobs are Coming Back to Texas”

Comment by Wayne Christian, Texas Railroad Commissioner
March 27, 2017

The Tyler Area Energy Summit was held on March 27, 2017. It was hosted by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee, along with a number of sponsors. With a new energy-friendly presidential administration and rising petroleum prices, the oil and gas industry is set for a rebound, speakers at the 2017 Energy Summit told a packed audience.

Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian noted, “We’re about to see the biggest economic boom we’ve ever seen because of the new administration. God has blessed Texas. Energy jobs are coming back to Texas.”

Ken Morgan, PhD., director of the Texas Christian University’s Energy Institute, added a global perspective. The U.S. oil and gas industry is poised to rebound, Morgan said. And, it has a good story to tell – about how inexpensive energy improves lives enormously, in multiple ways.

Link to the CBS 19 Energy Summit story, and Chairman Christian’s comments:

Link to the Tyler Morning Telegraph Energy Summit story:


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