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Rookie Mistakes? We’ve All Been There – 9 Times You Say, ‘Big Deal’ and Move On.

by ABFRLadmin | February 21, 2024

You live, you learn, you don’t let it dwell within. Here’s a guide to the mistakes we make and the steps we can take to fix them at our first job.

Oh, the Blunders of Our Youth (and First Jobs).

A magical time of… utter confusion, self-doubt, and the occasional existential crisis. It’s like being thrown into the Hunger Games of professionalism, except instead of swords and bloodthirsty teens, you’re armed with staplers and a printer that displays passive-aggressive behavioral patterns. But fear not, fellow newbie navigator! We’ve all been there, and here’s how you can make the best of these mistakes

So, let’s take a lighthearted stroll down memory lane and revisit some of the classic blunders we make in our first jobs. Think of it as a hilarious cautionary tale, a guide to the potholes you can swerve around with the grace of a gazelle.

Mistake #1: The Question Avoider…will Never Have Answers

You arrive at your desk, fresh-faced and full of… questions. A million questions. What’s my Wi-Fi password? Is it normal that I can’t figure out the coffee machine? But then, a voice inside your head (probably fueled by a healthy dose of impostor syndrome) whispers, “Don’t ask! They’ll think you’re incompetent!” So you bottle up your confusion, pretending to understand everything while your brain turns into a hamster wheel of worry.

The Fix: Embrace your inner Socrates! Questions are not a sign of weakness, they’re a sign of… well, curiosity, which is a good thing! Plus, asking questions shows your initiative and desire to learn. Just remember to, you know, ask them in a way that doesn’t make you sound like you’re questioning the basic laws of physics.

Mistake #2: The Apology Avalanche…Take A Pause

So, you accidentally hit “reply all” on an email that was clearly not meant for everyone. Or you spilled coffee on your boss’s new shoes. (Hey, it happens!) Your immediate reaction? A tsunami of apologies, washing over everyone in earshot. “I am so sorry!” you wail, “I’m such a terrible employee! Please don’t fire me!”

The Fix: Take a deep breath, dust yourself off (metaphorically, unless you’re on fire), and own your mistake. A sincere apology is always appreciated, but don’t beat yourself up about it. Everyone makes mistakes, and chances are your colleagues have done something far more embarrassing.

Mistake #3: The One-Word Emailer…Gets No Response

You’re busy, swamped, and barely have time to breathe, let alone write complete sentences in your emails. So you resort to the efficiency of a telegram: “Meeting at 2. Thx.” or “Report done. Sent.” It’s short, it’s sweet, it gets the job done, right?

The Fix: Resist the urge to channel your inner Hemingway. While brevity is appreciated, a little more context and courtesy can go a long way. A simple “Hi [Name], Just wanted to let you know that the report is done and I’ve attached it to this email. Let me know if you have any questions!” shows that you’re not just a robot spewing out tasks, but an actual human being (hopefully).

Mistake #4: The Social Media blunder…rarely deserves forgiveness

You’re having a rough day. Your boss is a drill sergeant, your keyboard keeps sticking, and the office microwave seems to have a vendetta against your lunch. So you vent on social media, unleashing a tirade about your “soul-crushing job” and your “evil overlord” of a boss. What could possibly go wrong? (Spoiler alert: everything.)

The Quirky Fix: Remember, the internet is forever, and you’re keeping a record. Keep your work woes offline, or at least vent in a private group chat with your friends. And hey, a little courage can go a long way! Turn your frustrations into meaningful conversations and clear the air in person. The right way is rarely the easy one – do the work to maintain cordial relations. Remember, we’re all here working towards the same goals.

Mistake #5: The Fashion Faux Pas…make your first impression your best one

You arrive on your first day, dressed to impress… in your finest pajamas. Or maybe you go the opposite route, channeling your inner fashion icon in an outfit that would make even Lady Gaga raise an eyebrow. Remember, first impressions matter, but they don’t have to be earth-shatteringly glamorous.

The Fix: When in doubt, err on the side of professionalism. Dress neatly and appropriately for your workplace culture. If you’re unsure, ask a colleague or your fashionista friends for guidance. And remember, confidence is the best accessory you can wear, regardless of what’s on the label.

Mistake #6: The Lunchtime Loner…misses out on new friends, opportunities, networks

Lunch break rolls around, and you find yourself eating your sad desk salad alone, scrolling through social media and feeling like an outcast. The urge to crawl back into your chair and hide is strong.

The Fix: Take a leap of faith and introduce yourself to someone new! Everyone feels a little awkward at first, but most people are happy to chat with a friendly face. Strike up a conversation about the weekend, the latest office gossip (but tread carefully!), or even the questionable menu choices in the cafeteria. Who knows, you might make a new friend or two, and lunchtime won’t feel so lonely anymore.

Mistake #7: If You’re Overthinking…You’re Only Fueling Anxiety

Every email feels like a performance review, every meeting like a final exam. You overanalyze every interaction, convinced you’ve said something wrong or made a terrible mistake. Your brain is basically a hamster wheel of self-doubt powered by anxiety.

The Fix: Relax! Most people are too busy worrying about themselves to be scrutinizing your every move. Focus on doing your best, learning from your mistakes, and giving yourself some credit. And hey, if that doesn’t work, try to speak to more experienced coworkers, they’ll help you shake off the all-too familiar feeling.

Mistake #8: The Burnt-Out Buddy…Needs A Dose of Relaxation

You hustle, you grind, you put in the hours… and then some more. You become a human productivity machine, fueled by coffee and sheer willpower. But soon, the exhaustion hits, and you’re left feeling burnt out and resentful.

The Fix: Remember, burning out will happen – it’s the cost of staying ahead in the game. It’s important to make small tweaks to lessen the load you carry. Take breaks, use your vacation days, and prioritize your well-being. A happy and healthy employee is a productive employee, and your sanity is not a negotiable term.

Mistake #9: The Comparison Catastrophe…We All Have Different Stories to Write.

You scroll through LinkedIn, bombarded by articles about “25-year-old CEOs” and “millennials dominating the tech industry.” Suddenly, your own accomplishments feel small and insignificant. The green-eyed monster of comparison rears its ugly head, leaving you feeling inadequate and discouraged.

The Fix: Everyone’s journey is different. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own growth and development. Celebrate your wins, big and small, with your core family and friends. When you see how your success delights them, it will feel like the most important thing in the world. Success is not a linear path. You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, learning and growing at your own pace.

So, there you have it, a lighthearted exploration of the many (often hilarious) mistakes we make in our first jobs. Remember, we’ve all been there, tripping over our metaphorical briefcases and wondering if the office is judging us. Embrace the blunders, learn from them, and laugh along the way. After all, your first job is not just about work, it’s about growth, self-discovery, and maybe even making some lifelong friends (or at least learning some funny gossip you can tell at future job interviews or with family and friends). So go forth and conquer – we’re all rooting for you to succeed, it’s time to make your mark in the real world!

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