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Make an instant impression: Tips to succeed in a new job

So, you’ve just started a new job. How do you feel? Excited? Daunted? Above all, you probably want to make a good impression. But how do you make a good impression?

Hays, Indeed, and Michael Page provide tips on how to impress your new colleagues from day one.

Arrive early with a positive attitude

Try to display enthusiasm and confidence. If you are feeling nervous or even overwhelmed, it is important to project confidence.


Take ownership of the role

Ensure you build trust with your colleagues. Take personal responsibility for your work and your results.


Learn on the job

No matter how experienced you are, there’s always much to learn when starting a new job. Take every opportunity to learn new skills. Talk to your colleagues and see what they can tell you about the workplace. Over time, reflect on what you have learnt in your new job.


Observe your surroundings

Take note of your workplace’s different features. Are there any shared facilities? Where do people eat lunch?

Don’t try to make changes too quickly. Before proposing radical changes, you must get to know your workplace and how it operates.


Look for small wins

Show you are providing value and contributing by setting some small, manageable goals that can be achieved relatively quickly.


Listen to others

When receiving new information, listen carefully. This will help ensure you understand your role and responsibilities. Being a good listener will also earn you the respect of colleagues. The more you listen, the more others will be willing to give you tips on how to succeed.


Lose preconceived ideas

Even if you’ve worked in the same industry before, don’t assume your tasks or responsibilities will be the same. Also, ditch any assumptions you have made about the company or role.


Introduce yourself to colleagues

Introduce yourself to colleagues and learn their role at the company and how it might relate to yours. Try to remember your colleagues’ names, but if you forget them, be honest.


Ask questions

There’s no such thing as asking too many questions. Ask as many questions as possible with a focus on gaining new information. Asking questions helps you perform your role to the best of your ability. The more questions you ask, the better you will understand your role.


Keep focused on the job description

When you are starting out, review the job description regularly. This can help you maintain focus.


Make friends

Try to develop positive connections with your new colleagues. Invite your colleagues out for lunch or coffee. If you are invited to a work social gathering, you should attend.


Meet with your boss

Try to organise a one-on-one meeting with your new boss. Use the opportunity to find out what they expect of you and their management and communication style.


Set boundaries

Observe how managers and other staff interact. Are you required to work late sometimes?  Understanding boundaries will enable you to meet expectations.  


Look after yourself

Starting a new job can be stressful.  If you have a new work schedule, this can take some time to adjust to. Ensure you have enough rest and some time to spend with your family. Looking after yourself will ensure you continue to put your best foot forward at work.

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