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New Job - How Make Your Mark

How you manage yourself in in your new job can makes all in difference. Learn a few tips on how to start your new job right.
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You made it. You won the recruiter and hiring manager, the interview, and secured the position. Now comes the next most important part; making the impression—the key that sets the tone for all your relationships in the workplace. Remember that you shouldn’t look good only for your manager, but also your peers, co-workers, and even for the ones that might not work with you directly. It’s critical that you behave not only suitability but as a well-rounded professional.  Keep in mind, your first impressions can turn into long-term perceptions that may impact your career trajectory, and ultimately your success, at the organization.

Cheerful yet Professional

 Be on time. Try to arrive early and leave a little later, it demonstrates eagerness and that you value your work. Remember, if you want people to take you seriously, take yourself seriously. Convey that you are professional that is reliable, organized, trustworthy and efficient by dressing and acting like one. Make sure to show a positive, yet professional attitude.

Let your enthusiasm show through everyone you interact with, while still showing focus and dedication to your tasks at hand. Working with a team? Share your ideas and demonstrate ongoing innovative thinking. Promote a knowledge sharing environment. The adage that “Knowledge is Power” needs to become “Sharing is Power.” When employees openly share their knowledge, the entire team or organization becomes more powerful. This leverages leadership and trust among your peers.

Demonstrate Proactivity

 Your team wouldn’t want another ordinary team member, nor do managers want another average employee. Be extraordinary— show them that you are there to either play hard or go home. Be solution-focused, and the first one to take initiatives and demonstrate a commitment to your role. Don’t wait until your supervisor comes to you, instead, seek them out, tell him or her you've completed a task and ask what you can do next.

If you see your team or supervisor encountered an issue, ask how you can help, even if it’s not necessarily your responsibility. Ask for guidance as well, like Forbes cited, we can all do so much more together than we ever can alone, when too often we 'tough it out' rather than reaching out. Because remember, no matter how skilled and knowledgeable you are, you don’t have all the answers, plus, it reveals strength, not weakness.

Don’t Let your Guard Down

Do not complain, talk about your personal problems, or how much you dread doing a certain task and how you can’t wait for Friday to arrive. We understand that oftentimes it may seem like your peers may feel a similar way, but it may cause others to view you as irresponsible, disorganized, or careless—qualities that aren't appreciated in the workplace. Be mindful of your actions and put your best foot forward.

 Befriend with your co-workers, not only does it this build rapport and solidify relationships, it also shows that you're a team player. Be friendly, but stay professional. Remember, you are still representing the same company, so even if your off-the-clock, it’s in your best intentions to maintain a consistent attitude. Don’t get involved in office politics and rumors, it’s considered negative behavior that has a divisive effect on the workplace.

How you manage yourself in your first weeks of the new job can make a profound impact on your experience. But bear in mind, to be successful, you need to continually demonstrate good work ethic. You shouldn’t let your guard down after the first few weeks, instead, show dedication all through the course of your work. You should always be on top of your game, building strong relationships and trust among your team. You need to have people count on you, the same way you should count on them. Be communicative, resourceful, and reliable. This way, you have better chances of being successful in your career and work relationships.


By: Kimberly Milani

Contributor: Mariana Paranhos

Images: Getty Images

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