Start Your New Job On The Right Foot
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Start Your New Job On The Right Foot

How To Lead at Work Starting a new job is the perfect time to make a good impression.  You want the employer to be confident that they made the right decision in hiring you for the position. Here are eight easy ways you can take to begin your new role in a way that clearly presents your strengths, commitment and drive.

1. Get back to the basics. Remember that you’re not expected to know everything your first day. Smile, project a positive attitude and learn the names of your colleagues.

2. Be on time. Punctuality is a sign of respect for your employer. If you want to stand out in a positive way, come early and stay late if necessary to finish your work and support your team.

3. Look your best. Start every day as if you’re going to your first interview. Identify the style of dress that’s appropriate for your office and select clothing that fits in with the dress code there.

4. Observe and listen. The first few weeks are about assembling a framework of understanding for how your new company works. Pay attention to the corporate culture. If you observe how others act and you’ll absorb a ton of information about cultural expectations.

5. Familiarize yourself with the company. Collect back issues of the company’s newsletters, annual reports and press clippings. Check out your competitors’ literature to get better handle on the industry.

6. Ask questions. Never make assumptions. You are learning the company and the role so ask questions to be sure you understand.  Don’t waste time and energy doing the wrong things because you were afraid to speak up.

7. Be flexible. Accept all assignments and give every assignment your best effort. Be open-minded about new ideas, new procedures and different work. Anticipate change and embrace it.

8. Don’t compare things to your old job. This can be hard, particularly if you were in your last position for a long time. You can bring the procedures and techniques that you learned there into this new job. But take the time to understand how your current company works before suggesting any changes.

By implementing these simple items, you can get off to a great start at your new job and quickly begin to be viewed as an asset at your new company.

By Samantha Collier

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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