I think it is easy to say that we all want to make a good impression and get off on the right foot with our new coworkers and boss as we step into our new job. This can be intimidating at first; you likely know nobody expect who interviewed you, your surroundings are new and will probably have to ask the embarrassing question of ‘where’s the bathroom?’, company policies are new as are established business connections. This below will help you make a good impression at your new job and will get you started in the right direction. Best of luck!
Plan for Success
You will likely have researched the company that hired you during the interview process and you probably have a good idea of how you would like your career growth path to continue. Combine both of these elements into a plan for success. I recommend a short term plan and a long term plan. Your short term plan may be 30, 60, or 90 days depending on what it is you do but the point will be for you to take time to think and write out what you want to accomplish within the company and being sure to include personal goals. For example your plan may include learning 15 people’s names and pitching 5 new sales ideas for consideration. Make a long term plan to map out where you want to be in the next 1, 2, or 5 years and keep it handy as a refresher.
Learning your coworker’s names and using them frequently will show people you respect them and are making efforts to establish a connection. Studies show that if you use a person’s name several times within the first 1-2 conversations that your retention of their name will be much greater. I also recommend that you write down their name after your first conversation along with highlights and important details of the conversation. This can be things like whether they’re married, if they’d been on vacation recently and where they went, what their interests are, and also what their job role entails.
Don’t Rock the Boat
It can be easy for people starting a new position to be overly ambitious as a way to impress their coworkers and boss but keep yourself in check. Facetime with your boss may help you better gauge what exactly is expected of you. I encourage asking a lot of questions and engaging in regular dialogue with your boss to get as much feedback as possible. Look towards your coworkers too. Some may be more helpful than others and provide you some insight. Ask them about what’s made them successful and what they like about the job and the company they work for. If you are trying to make a good impression it will be important to refrain from making your coworkers look bad by too strongly asserting your own efforts. Save it for later!
People who smile regularly are typically easier to approach and provide reassurance that a situation is a positive one. Keeping a smile on your face, even when you are having a rough day or are feeling overwhelmed with your new responsibilities is important. It reflect well on your demeanor and send a message to your boss and coworkers that you are strong.
Do Your Homework
You will be bombarded with loads of information when stepping into a new role. Write it all down and review it at home to help you better retain what you’ve learned. Do it when you first get home so it is fresh in your mind and then make sure to budget 5-10 minutes in your morning routine to scan through your notes to get your head in the game for the day.
You won’t get along with everyone you meet or work with but to make strong efforts to establish genuine friendships with some of your coworkers. Meeting for breakfast before work, or grabbing a coffee together at a break can be a good way to make connections. Don’t be shy!
Keep positive and remember this list and you will make a great first impression. You will make mistakes, everyone does, and you will have successes. You are going to do great at your new job!
This article was written by Scott Nichols, CPRW, a contributor to Power Writers USA
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