There’s no question that your first few months can be the most important period of time on any job. What you do—or don’t do—during that time might ultimately determine your long-term employment with the company.
So what’s the best way to approach the situation? What should you be doing to ensure that you enjoy as much success as possible?
First and foremost, there are the widely accepted things you should be doing, including showing enthusiasm, displaying a positive attitude, and bringing a lot of energy to work every day. However, that is just the beginning.
Below are six additional ways that you can stand out during your first 30 days on the job:
#1—Communicate often and well.
Most problems between human beings can be boiled down to a lack of communication or miscommunication. That’s why you have to take it upon yourself to be crystal clear on everything, especially as it pertains to your duties and responsibilities.
#2—Set and manage expectations.
Don’t pretend to know more than you actually know. However, express your desire to learn as much as you can as quickly as you can and then communicate your progress to your boss and other supervisors (see #1) as often as possible.
#3—Accept all invitations to lunch.
This is a good idea on two levels. First, it allows you to network and interact with your new co-workers on a social level. Second, it presents the opportunity for you to learn more about your job and the company in an informal setting.
#4—Identify and integrate with the company culture.
Observe the way things typically operate, the ebb and flow of the environment, and the way tasks are completed. Is it fast-tempo? Slow-paced? Straight-laced? What’s most important and what’s not as important? Accepting all lunch invitations can certainly help you to figure all of this out in the shortest amount of time.
#5—Update your LinkedIn profile.
It seems like a trivial matter, but it isn’t. Updating your profile to reflect your job change further signals that you’re excited about the change and the opportunity that the position presents. Your new co-workers (and new connections) will see this.
#6—Know where everything is.
If you really want to make a good first impression, become familiar with the physical location of everything in the office (and in the office building) by the end of your first day of work. This includes everything from the bathrooms to other key departments and personnel.
Time Staffing Inc.