Everyone makes mistakes. It’s not the mistake you’ll be remembered for, it’s how you handled yourself in the aftermath. It’s common to make mistakes when you start a new job. You have a lot to learn and it’s easy to mess up. That doesn’t mean your new job is toast. Here are some ways you can overcome mistakes at your new job and how to learn from them and avoid them in the future.

Forgive Yourself

It’s human nature to beat yourself up after making a mistake. You can feel sorry for yourself and be angry you let it happen, but at some point, you have to let it go. If you don’t, you won’t be able to move on in a healthy way.

Start with forgiveness. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s not that you are a bad person or you’re incapable of doing a good job, you are human. If you forgive yourself, you have a chance to take the next steps.

Take Responsibility

Once you’ve reconciled your actions, it’s imperative for you take responsibility. You know you might get some negative feedback from others, but that isn’t a good reason to pass the buck or play the blame game.

Own up to what happened. Take responsibility and let people know you understand the implication and want to work to find a solution.

Create a Plan of Action

Making a mistake isn’t the worst thing. The important part is creating a solution to the problem. Be prepared to create a plan of action that can help you resolve the issue. Don’t be afraid to ask for input or assistance from others.

Make sure you’re taking steps not just to resolve the specific issue, but also create a plan to avoid similar problems in the future.

Learn From It

Ultimately, you want to learn from your mistake. What did the problem teach you about yourself, your work, and how you handle a crisis? Always keep in mind the important part is not that you’ve made a mistake, but that you’ve grown from the experience.

Learning from your mistakes is an essential life skill. You shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes or fail. They are a part of human life.

Do you need help recovering from a career mistake? The recruiters at ProStaff can help you today.