MAKING A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION AT THAT NEW JOB
(As heard on the “Darren Marlar Radio Show!“)
You’ve just accepted a new job. The position is likely to be more challenging than your last one, and the people, policies and procedures will be unfamiliar to you. Because first impressions are lasting ones, here are tips to help you make the most of your first month on the job (from CareerBuilder.com):
- Start fresh – When preparing to leave your old position, you’ll probably be busy tying up loose ends right up until you walk out the door on your last day. That’s why it’s important to unwind and clear your head before you begin a new job. Try to take at least a few days off between leaving your old position and starting your next one.
- Assess the corporate culture – After starting your new job, spend some time studying the culture at the firm. Consider arriving 30 minutes early and leave half an hour late on your first day or two to get a sense of how many others in your group do the same.
- Clarify expectations – It’s important to be on the same page as your manager from the start, so within the first couple of days, meet with him or her to discuss your responsibilities and how your position fits into the grand scheme of things.
- Get to know the team – While your boss will likely take you through the office to meet everyone on your first day, your introduction should go beyond, “Hi, I’m Rachel.” Take the initiative to speak to colleagues for a longer period of time, whether it’s over a coffee break, lunch or more formal one-on-one meeting.
- Have a game plan – Think like an executive by developing a strategy to guide your first 30 days on the job. Not only will you remain on the right path, but your plan also will serve as a useful tool for your first review. Include goals you hope to accomplish and steps you must take to reach them.