Now that you’ve started your new job, you’ll want to do everything you can to make a good impression in the workplace. After all, studies, such as those cited by Science Daily, show that those first few weeks will, whether you like it or not, determine how your supervisors and your co-workers think of you for some time. Here are six tips you can follow to ensure that you make a good impression at your new job, thus securing yourself some credibility and setting yourself up for a successful career.
- Check your appearance. As you know from preparing for your interview, your appearance will tell everyone a lot about you. For your first few days on the job (and probably for the entire duration of your career), you should dress appropriately. Wear clothes that follow the company dress code and don’t stand out too much. Likewise, get plenty of sleep, and make sure you feel refreshed before you go into work.
- Be punctual. For the first few weeks, it’s very important to arrive to work on time and not leave before the official work day is over. Don’t take long lunch breaks, even if others do. Once you’ve established yourself in the office, you’ll be able to switch around your schedule. For now, though, follow it as strictly as you can to demonstrate to everyone your diligence.
- Become a part of the team. In order to become a member of the team, you’ll need to show that you are a good listener while still knowing when to contribute to the discussion. Learn and memorize everyone’s names. Try to figure out the office hierarchy. Do not participate in gossip. Watch how your colleagues and supervisors conduct themselves so that you will know how to act.
- Ask questions. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Everyone will understand that you are on a rather steep learning curve, so you will need to ask questions to get as much information as possible in order to help you do your job right. Your need to get information, however, should not keep you from taking the initiative.
- Take initiative. When you see something that needs done, don’t hesitate to do it. Doing so will show your supervisors and colleagues that you will, in fact, be a great team member. Because you are new, it can’t hurt to politely inform you supervisor of your actions, so that they are aware of your initiative and can check over your work. Even if by taking the initiative you make a mistake, a good supervisor will help you learn in order to encourage your commitment to the company.
- Commit for the long haul. Finally, you’ll want to do all you can to show that you have a strong commitment to the company. Make sure you restrict your personal activities throughout the day. Make an effort to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors. You should approach each day those first few weeks with a positive attitude. The impression you make on your supervisors and co-workers is just as important as the tone you set for yourself. Both will affect your success at your job for years to come.
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