Building A Good Reputation As A New Employee
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Building A Good Reputation As A New Employee

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Congratulations! You’ve landed your dream job! Building a good reputation just became your number one priority. Love it or hate it, you’re the new kid on the block and it’s time to get acclimatized to your new surroundings. This blog post is all about how to build a good reputation as a new employee.

As a new hire, your responsibility is to observe the flow of work. The first few weeks at any new job can be stressful because you’re under scrutiny and must adapt to a new position and work environment. The solution lies in preparation, which means learning everything about a company’s business philosophy, dress code and operations before you start there. Remember, your strongest allies will be your new co-workers, who have faced similar issues and can give you valuable advice. Get to know the company, its services, and its people.

Take the time to get your feet on the ground, learn your way around, cultivate work relationships, get to know your boss, avoid the temptation to exchange gossip and absorb the culture. As you do this you’ll see plenty of opportunities to make a difference with your presence.

Dress the Part

Whether you like it or not, people will judge you on how you look. To convey a message of reliable, organized, trustworthy, and efficient, dress professionally. If your work dress code is more relaxed, you can relax yours as well, but do so after people have gotten to know you. You might be interested to read the article, “The Best and Worst Colors to Wear to a Job Interview“, for more information on what clothes to wear.

Body Language

When it comes to making the first impression, body language as well as appearance speaks much louder than words. Your attitude shows through in everything you do. Project a positive attitude, even in the face of criticism or in the case of nervousness. A warm and confident smile will put everyone at ease. Did you know that 55% of communication is conveyed through body language? It’s important!

Join the Team

It doesn’t hurt for your ideas, when you do introduce them, to be seen as part of a team effort. They will usually carry more initial weight when a member of that inner circle also has ownership. You will also gain more credibility with their endorsement.

Take the Initiative

Many companies have clearly outlined training strategies in which they schedule you in blocks of time. If you find you have time between tasks and appointments, don’t just sit around and drink coffee. Use the time to ask questions about what you’ve already learned, or do online research.

Be a Quick Study

Take lots of notes during orientation. Although the temptation is powerful to act like you absorb information instantly, in the long run people don’t want you coming back and asking the same questions over and over. That is not to say you shouldn’t ask questions if you need clarification on something.

Show Appreciation

Nothing works like kindness and genuine appreciation. Show your appreciation to everyone who helps you learn the ropes during your first days on the job – from your coworkers to receptionists to the human resources staff.

Being the newest member of an organization is both challenging and exciting. You’ll be faced with both difficulties and opportunities, and your goal should be to make the most of all situations. Remember to relax, keep your mind open, get to know your team members, and do your work. Follow these tips and you should go far in making a lasting impression and reputation.

By Samantha Collier

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About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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