Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

7 tips for making a good impression at your new job

Sharon Florentine | Sept. 7, 2016
The first month at a new job is a crucial period. Here are seven tips for making sure your first month is one of your best and sets the tone for your tenure with your new company.

5. Sacrifice time to build dependability

Take some extra time to arrive early, stay a bit later and take shorter lunch breaks during the first month. Showing this willingness to put in extra hours to learn about the role, company norms and projects shows dedication and will help you stand out and build dependability amongst the team.

"This is a great way to see what the regular operating hours are, too, within the context of company culture. If you're showing up at 8:30 a.m., but most of the team doesn't get in until 10 a.m., then you're 'counter culture,' and it might be best to adjust. However, at least for the first month, err on the side of being overcommitted," Dean says.

6. Network

Don't limit introductions to your immediate team and supervisors. Reach out beyond your direct role to understand how other teams and departments collaborate and intersect, Dean says.

"This will make you better equipped to contribute and thrive in the current company culture. Trying to make one new connection a day at work helps build your network and also to understand where you fit in the overall structure of the organization," Dean says.

7. Work to enhance credibility

Finally, you should go above and beyond when you're working on specific tasks and team projects so people learn they can rely on you, according to Dean. Of course, don't go to extremes and take on too much responsibility, or carry the load for team members who aren't pulling their weight, but make sure your contributions are solid and dependable, he says.

"A company can train an employee to do a skill, but it can't teach work ethic, perseverance or passion. When you finishing a project, instead of kicking back and surfing social media, be proactive and find other projects, help other team members or find another way to make yourself useful," Dean says.


Previous Page  1  2 

Sign up for Computerworld eNewsletters.