You send in your resume, go through all the interviews, and finally accept the job offer. But the hardest part is yet to come. You have managed to prove yourself in the eyes of the hiring manager, but there are still many employees in the company on whom it is also important to make a good impression.
Before you start your first work week, read these 25 tips. They’ll help you perform well in your first few days.
1. Practice your greeting
The right greeting will help you make a good impression. Eye contact, a firm handshake, confidence, and a big smile are the recipe for success.
2. Look presentable
Studies show that we assess others within seconds of meeting them. A thoughtful image can help influence the opinion of new colleagues. Try to look presentable in your first few days on the job, even if the office isn’t strict about it. And then adapt as you get to know the office culture.
3. Keep a positive attitude
Being in a good mood will help you make a good impression. On the first day of work, smile broadly and show that you are excited about the opportunity. People will associate your positive attitude with your ability to perform well.
4. Listen to others carefully
In the first weeks of work, it’s important to absorb as much information as possible. Focus on listening and remembering. In the process, you’ll have questions – choose which ones are worth voicing and ask confidently. Otherwise, you risk seeming like a person who is trying to get as much attention as possible.
5. Take notes
Write down everything you learn in the first week. Don’t rely solely on your memory. Try to attend all meetings and training sessions to learn more about the company and its culture. Revise your notes at the end of the day to reinforce what you have learned. This will help speed your adjustment to the new workplace.
6. Remember your colleagues’ names
If you’re not good at remembering names, now is the time to fix it. Try to have all of your colleagues’ names memorized by the end of the first week to help establish personal rapport. If you know who you will be interacting with directly before you start work, find out their names beforehand.
If you can’t remember someone’s name, just apologize and ask again. The person will understand if you do it right away.
7. Show initiative
Most employers give newcomers small projects so as not to overburden them during their adjustment period. If you have some free time, ask for an extra assignment to show that you are ready to take the initiative. And employers like a proactive employee.
8. Do your research on the company and its specifics
You’ve probably gotten to know the employer before the interview, but don’t stop there. It’s a good time to become an expert on the subject: research your employee handbook, ask about volunteer opportunities, and read books about the company’s history.
9. Show commitment
Even if you work on an hourly basis, try to stay a little longer than your normal shift. Manage your time effectively: arrive on time, work hard during the day, and don’t stay late for lunch. This will show your commitment to the company.
10. Avoid gossip and politics
Stay away from gossip and talk about politics in the workplace – it can quickly ruin your reputation.
11. Become part of the team
Show loyalty to new colleagues, be honest and thank those who deserve it. Building trust is the key to success.
12. Demonstrate Professionalism
There’s nothing wrong with doing a few personal errands during work hours. However, during your adjustment, try to keep it to a minimum. It would be frustrating if a supervisor caught you checking personal e-mail, making a phone call, or online shopping before you even had a chance to establish yourself.
13. Be active and sociable
Many companies organize events after work – this is a great opportunity to make friends with colleagues. Join them and show your personality. But keep up with decorum-one silly mistake can ruin your professional life.
14. Keep track of your accomplishments
No one will do it for you. In the future, a list of personal achievements will help you get a promotion or a job at another company. And it’s best to start making it from day one at your new job.
15. Thank colleagues for their help
If coworkers give up their time at work to help you adjust, show them how much you appreciate it. Thank them in person, write a thank you letter, bring a cup of coffee, and give them smiles. Appreciation will help you make a good impression, and you’re sure to be reciprocated.
16. Find a mentor
Choose a professional mentor among your colleagues. This will give you a big advantage. He or she can also introduce you to people in his or her circle – that way you’ll expand your circle of acquaintances.
17. Schedule work activities
Develop a system to help you remember all your meetings, tasks, and projects. Set reminders, create a spreadsheet, or start a diary. The most important thing is to keep everything on time.
18. Set Goals
Make a list of goals that you can achieve in your new position. Find out what is important to your employer and develop the skills you need to succeed. As your career progresses, your goals will change-it’s only natural. Make changes to your list every few months as needed.
19. Interact with your direct supervisor
Regular meetings with your supervisor provide an opportunity to share progress, ask questions, and stay on top of tasks and deadlines. It also allows you to establish rapport with him or her and show yourself as an employee who is willing to learn and grow.
20. Widen your environment
Grab every opportunity to meet new people in the company. Attend all meetings, conferences, trade shows and events. Introduce yourself to key players in your field and make yourself known. This will open up opportunities that you might not have been able to achieve otherwise.
21. Take your time to make demands
Be grateful for any equipment the company has given you. Request a new one only after you have established yourself as a valued employee. If your colleagues have received any new equipment, however, try to approach the situation with care and respect. Otherwise you may come across as demanding and ungrateful.
22. Don’t criticize your previous employer
As tempting as it may be to share horror stories from past jobs, don’t do it. The information could backfire on you if it gets to previous colleagues. In addition, new team members may think that you will do the same to them when you leave the company. So try to maintain good relationships.
23. Use lunch time productively
Get to know your coworkers during your break and invite them to join you for lunch. Don’t waste time snacking at your desk and running errands (unless they need to be run right away).
However, pay attention to the unspoken rules. Don’t interrupt those who are busy working on a project. Only address those who are resting during their lunch break.
24. Expose yourself as a person
As you settle into your new position, tell your coworkers about your personal hobbies. Don’t forget to take an interest in their hobbies as well. This will help build stronger relationships.
25. Don’t take all personally
The first week in a new place can be stressful. Try to remain professional. If a supervisor snapped at you, or if someone makes a decision you disagree with, don’t take it personally. It’s better to focus on doing your best work. It won’t take long to get results.