In today’s highly competitive job market, it’s more important than ever for new hires to make good first impressions on their employers. Chances are, you competed against a number of other qualified candidates for your position. Likewise, it’s in your best interests to demonstrate to your new employer early on that they made the right choice when they hired you. First impressions matter, both personally and professionally. Like it or not, your performance in the first few weeks at work will shape your employer’s opinion of you in the future. Fortunately, there are a number of effective techniques new hires can leverage to make that all-important good first impression at their new job.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
Perhaps the single most effective thing you can do to ensure a good first impression. You might be tired from adjusting to your new schedule, but now’s the time to drink that extra cup of coffee and get ready to work. Do your best to leave personal troubles at home and demonstrate your enthusiasm for your new position.
During the first few weeks at your new job, your workload is likely to be relatively light. This is a perfect opportunity to volunteer to help your fellow coworkers with additional tasks. Your coworkers will appreciate your assistance, and your supervisors will admire your willingness to work hard and learn new things right from the get-go.
Too often, new hires are afraid to ask questions of their superiors. In fact, asking questions is exactly what you should be doing when you first start at a new position, especially if it’s in a new field. Soak up all the information you can gather about your position and its role in your workplace. It’s better to ask a question and do the job right the first time, rather than have to correct avoidable mistakes later.
Avoid Office Politics
Getting distracted by workplace gossip will not only compromise your work performance, but also put you at risk to get caught on the wrong side of internal disputes. Do your best to give gossip a wide berth and remain focused on your work instead.
Establish a Reputation for Good Attendance
In order to demonstrate your willingness to work, you’ll need to be at work. Give your new employer ample advance notice if you have to take a day off, and avoid unexpected absences whenever possible. Once you’ve settled into a comfortable routine and proven that you’re a reliable worker, your employers will be far more inclined to grant time-off requests.
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