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What's the best way to make a good impression at your new job


1. Keep your homework up to date

Make sure you have done extensive research before your first day at work. The aim of your new role is to gain an understanding of how it fits into the overall strategy of the company, as well as finding out how the culture of the company plays a role in it.

On your first day, you need to think about the company from a global perspective — what your role is, how you can make a significant contribution, and learn as much as you can about the company's mission and values before you even walk in the door.

2. Communication and connection

When you meet your new colleagues, peers, and superiors, ask informal questions to connect with them on a personal level. Get to know your colleagues by asking informal, conversational questions that make them feel more comfortable with you.

Involve yourself in conversation and answer questions about yourself. Make sure you engage your new coworkers in a conversation to learn about them as a person, not just the person in the next cubicle.

It's important to understand the culture. Take the time to talk to people outside of your immediate department, schedule lunches, learn how they do business and find out how they make decisions.

3. Request a preliminary review

The more feedback you get, the better. Once you have become familiar with your role and feel comfortable in it, ask for feedback. It will allow you to make sure you fit into expectations and cultural norms and, if you don't, make the necessary adjustments.

It is common that you start to find your stride after week 3 of your new job, but you haven't gotten far enough to form bad habits yet. 

It's a great time to get feedback from your boss and coworkers to determine if you are headed in the right direction.

4. Don't rock the boat, but be ambitious

It is definitely a good idea to speak up, participate in projects and discussions, and suggest improvements if you see processes, policies or bottlenecks that inhibit productivity, but do so within reason. When you're a new hire, you may not understand the context of a policy or process. First ask questions, then decide whether to suggest alternatives.

5. Invest time in building dependability

Make sure you arrive early, stay late, and take shorter lunch breaks during the first month. It demonstrates dedication and will help you stand out and build dependability among the team if you are willing to put in the extra time to learn about the role, company norms, and projects.

In addition to understanding the company culture, this is a great way to learn about the regular operating hours. If you arrive at 8:30 a.m whereas most of the team doesn't get in until 10 a.m, it might be a good idea to adjust your schedule. To begin with, however, err on the side of overcommitting yourself for at least the first month.

6. Networking

Your introductions should not be limited to your immediate team or supervisors. Understand how other teams and departments collaborate and intersect beyond your direct role.

In this way, you will be more likely to contribute to the company's current culture and excel in it. Making at least one new connection a day at work helps build your network and helps you understand where you fit within the organization as a whole.

7. Improve credibility

Additionally, when you are working on specific tasks or team projects, you should go above and beyond so people can rely on you. Make sure your contributions are solid and reliable, but don't take on too much responsibility or take on the load for teammates who aren't doing their part.

It is possible for a company to train its employees to perform a particular skill, but it cannot teach them work ethic, perseverance, or passion. If you finish a project, rather than kicking back and surfing social media, find other projects, help other team members, or find another way to make yourself useful.