5 Tips for Making a Great Impression at a New Job16 February 2015
Starting a new job can be intimidating, especially if it’s THE job – you know, the one you’ve spent years studying in a classroom and online. The one you’ve fantasized about when you picture yourself five years down the road. All that excitement can easily boil over into trepidation and stress.
It’s a good idea to prepare yourself mentally for what’s to come. It’ll help you tackle problems before they arise as well as impress the socks off of your coworkers and boss! As far as making an impression goes, your first 90 days at a job are crucial. So when you’re about to walk into your first day on the job, be sure to have first read these tips to impress:
- Remember Names – Okay, so remembering 50 names on your first day when you’re introduced to one person after another is rough. If you need to (especially for bigger companies), don’t be shy about taking notes that include names. While most people won’t be upset about being forgotten, it impresses them to be remembered. Mnemonic devices may also help, but don’t stress to create it if you can remember without one!
- Learn the Structure – Are there multiple departments in the company? Who do you answer to directly? And who is above them? As you are learning names, also learn the organization of the company. It’ll be handy to get anything done quickly as well as make connections.
- Ask Thoughtful Questions – Some people will tell you that no question is a bad question. But not everyone agrees with that, and your new coworkers might not have time for every question. You can write every question down as it comes to you, but wait to see which of them get answered as you learn the ropes. Usually, whoever is training you in or giving you an orientation will ask you for those questions at a time that’s appropriate. Also, questions that show you researched the company are always impressive.
- Capitalize on Quick Success – If you’re given responsibility to oversee a project right off the bat, knock it out of the park. In other words, show your full capacity and follow directions. Communicate clearly and efficiently. Let this first project stand as a representation of what you can and will do in the position.
- Balance Initiative and Risk – When given the opportunity, take initiative to get projects and tasks done. It’s especially impressive to help others and ask what more can be worked on when you’ve completed your tasks. However, don’t take unnecessary risks to accomplish this. Overextending yourself could mean less quality in your work or decreased efficiency.
The first few days (and even weeks) of your job will be a whirlwind of names, ideas, and tasks. But if you take diligent notes, ask good questions and maintain a balanced workload, you can accomplish great success in very little time. Success will impress, but so will your attitude – so leave your negativity at the door!