4 Ways To Give The Best Impression At Your New Job
Starting a new career can be terrifying. You want to be autonomous and enthusiastic without showing signs of weakness, and give the best impression at your new job. It’ll take you a few weeks to see who’s friends with who, what’s expected of you, and the company culture. And then you get comfortable, start to let your guard down a little bit, and BOOM, you’re being invited out with coworkers, people are confiding in you, and you’re the talk of the town.
So, how do you deal with it all while saving face?
1. Work hard, play a little
The last thing you want to do at your new job is to show up late. You should be at work every day on time, regardless of what “other people are doing”.
You should also save the chit-chat for your lunch hour or after work. It’s called work for a reason and the first three months of your job are critical so you want your #workflow to be going strong!
I’d also hold off on going out with colleagues unless it’s your boss or your direct team because your new colleagues could have a reputation of being party people in which case you’ll then be lumped with them.
You want to get the vibe of the office first before you go off galavanting with various people you just met. You’d rather be known as the hard worker than a social butterfly. Being social is fine, as long as it doesn’t take away from your work. Like I said, work hard and play a little.
2. Stay out of company politics
If you’re going to take anything away from this post: stay out of company politics! You want to maintain a neutral perspective and you don’t want to say something about someone that you wouldn’t want to be said about you.
It’s going to be hard, you’re going to want to crack, but don’t. Keep your cool and be friendly… to everyone. You’re not going to like everyone and everyone isn’t going to like you, but that’s ok. You don’t need to share your negative opinions with anyone but yourself.
3. Speak up
Speaking up and sharing your ideas is key if you want to give the best impression at your new job. Of course, you don’t want to express everything you’re thinking, but creative business proposals that could benefit the company are welcomed.
By speaking up, you’re making yourself known to your boss and co-workers. It shows you’re not afraid to add your input and you’re eager in contributing to the growth of the company. All of these qualities make you a prime candidate for a promotion when the time comes.
4. Dress for the job you want
When you’re trying to give the best impression at your new job you want to dress accordingly. Fake it ’til you make it and dress like you mean business. No, you don’t have to put on your Sunday best, but you do have to look professional and polished.
When you put effort into your appearance it shows you care about yourself and you respect the company.
Think of your new job as a blind date. Be sophisticated enough that you get a head turn, not head roll.