The first weeks of a new job are a whole spectrum of emotions from exciting to stressful and amidst the feeling, you have an incredible opportunity. Your first impressions will paint a picture of who you are to your co-workers, and who you can become to your employers. So here are some tips to transform from new kid on the block to the employee of the month.
Learn the company inside and out
One of the most important things to do right away to is to absorb as much knowledge as possible. This is the best time to learn everything there is to know about the company: from it’s history, values and company culture to the organizational and decision-making structures and branding. You can even set up meetings with different departments just to learn about what they do within the company and introduce yourself. Soak up this knowledge and your coworkers and supervisors will begin to take you more seriously.
Just be friendly
Get to know your coworkers. Make a point to say hello to everyone from executives to secretaries and to show interest in your new coworkers in the cube farm. Being open and interested is a good way to start off on the right foot. If you are naturally shy or anxious in these situations, take a deep breath and remember that they have no idea how nervous you are! Come up with a few talking points before you go in, if you need, and focus on asking your new co-workers thoughtful questions. Everyone likes to be asked about themselves. Being friendly will let your coworkers and employers know that you will be a team player.
Listen at every opportunity
As a new employee, you should be using your ears much more than your mouth. Show respect and your eagerness to learn by actively listening in meetings, during brainstorming sessions, and in your training. Certainly ask questions, but show them that your priority is what they have to tell you. Also, stay away from office gossip as you are still learning the work culture and do not want to compromise your future professional relationships.
Create a vision
Getting the job was your goal, now it is time to set a new one. As a new employee, you are in the unique position of shaping your career with this organization. Make yourself familiar with their goals or needs and brainstorm how your skills, or skills that you want to develop more, could be utilized in reaching those goals or meeting those needs. This will set you up to participate in special projects, make proposals and go the extra mile to earn promotions. Envision where you would like this position to take you, and focus on that from the get-go.
Don’t be afraid to show enthusiasm!
Stay confident and excited about your new position, they chose you for a very good reason! Don’t try to play it too cool, it is ok to let your coworkers and employers see how enthusiastic you are to be the newest addition to the office. After all, enthusiasm tends to rub off on everyone!
With a positive attitude and a perspective of openness,
you can take advantage of these opportunities and relationships in your new workspace.
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