Kids are returning to school, nervous and excited about making a good impression on their first day back. Starting a new job can bring some of the same feelings. Starting a new position at a new place can be intimidating, but it can also be rewarding. To be successful on your first day of work, there are a few things you should consider.
Keep in mind the basics like arriving on time, having good attendance, and doing your best job. It may seem obvious, but these things are essential to being a good employee. When you start a new job, you want to make a good first impression on your employer. Be punctual and don’t ask for time off. Be flexible in your schedule, especially initially, as it shows supervisors you are dedicated and willing to work hard for the company. Dress professionally, perform your job duties well, and set goals for yourself.
While it may not be listed on your description of job duties, employees that have a positive attitude generally make a good first impression. No one wants to work with someone who is always grumpy and complaining. Perform your job with a smile, and be polite to the people around you. Be someone people want to work with. This also means remaining upbeat even when things don’t go perfectly. Have confidence in yourself and move on after you make a mistake. Don’t take things personally if a supervisor or coworker seems upset. Stay positive and keep doing the best at your job.
Another thing you should focus on as you begin your job is developing relationships with the people you work with. Use your new position as an opportunity to network and create new professional relationships. Coworkers are great mentors, and can be a great resource for learning more about the business. As a new employee, you should listen more than talk; there is a lot to learn. Avoid office gossip and politics. When relevant, show appreciation and gratitude to your colleagues. A “thank you” can go a long way.
To really excel in a new position, you should go above and beyond what your core role is. Learn about the company and take initiative to start new projects, volunteer for assignments, and taking extra steps to help the business. Ideally, your employer will notice how hard you have been working, but sometimes you might want to promote your own accomplishments. Do this by sharing your excitement about successes instead of boasting.
Taken together, if you do well in your position, stay positive, and show your colleagues respect, you’ll be successful in your new job. For more career tips, contact your local Penmac office and talk to a staffing specialist today.