How to Impress at Your New Job
By Roxanne Ebbers
I am a professional recruiter and that means I see a lot of people begin their new careers. Often times I am even there to walk them in on their first day. I have the unique opportunity to share in their exciting moment, but know you only get one chance to make a first impression. There are a few steps you can take to make sure you make a great impression when starting a new job. The website Workawesome recently published an article to help a new employee navigate those waters.
"5 Tips for the Brand New Employee” offers these helpful hints:
Don’t be too aggressive. New employees often feel the need to stand out on their first day. But sometimes this ambition can be perceived the wrong way. There is a time and place to shine, and first days may not always be the best. In the beginning, it’s best to observe the culture and atmosphere you are around you. This will allow you to construct the best ideas tailored specifically for your business and to have a better perception of when and where to stand out.
Remember names. This simple step goes a long way. The power to remember a person’s name is often underestimated and adds a personal touch. Co- workers and supervisors will be impressed that you have taken the initiative to learn their name quickly.
Learn the landscape. Familiarize yourself with your new company. Knowing the foundation and history behind the organization will give you a leg up. Also, know the internal and organizational structure of the business. It is essential to understand the chain of command.
Be likable. Being pleasant to others in the workplace is always a must. Your everyday attitude speaks a lot about who you are and how you carry yourself. Individuals who are likable are more approachable and easier to work with.
Offer to help out new co-workers. It was not too long ago that you were in that situation of being the new kid on the block. Helping new hires get on their feet quicker will benefit everyone involved. The newest addition to your team will feel more confident in the transition and others on your team, including you, will be more effective overall.
Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Following a few simple steps will ensure you make that great impression. Utilize the first days of new employment to truly stand out in the best way.