Okay, you got the job and you just started. You want to make a good impression and do things that will convince the people who hired you that it was a good idea to hire you.
We’ve addressed this topic in the past with blog posts such as “As Soon as You’re Hired, This is Your #1 Priority” and “A ‘Top 10’ List for Confidence When Starting a New Job.”
However, we’re going to delve deeper into the topic with this blog post, which underscores the importance of starting your new job well. There are certain things that you can do to stand out, things that don’t take a tremendous amount of effort.
As we often do in this blog, we’re going to rank these items from least important to most important. Below are the top five ways to stand out at work (in a good way):
#5—Communicate well with co-workers.
Communication is the key to just about everything in life, and that certainly includes the employment realm. First, effective communication will help you to learn more about your job and the company, thereby allowing you to enjoy success sooner. Second, it will help you to get to know your co-workers better and hopefully lead to more enjoyable professional relationships.
#4—Avoid gossip or negative talk.
Gossip exists in just about every work environment. What you don’t want to do is join the ranks of the gossipers as soon as you start your job. In fact, you don’t want to join those ranks at any time during your tenure at the organization. No good can come of it.
#3—Have a positive attitude.
Why will this make you stand out? Because sadly, positive attitudes are in short supply, so that automatically makes them valuable. People are drawn to those who are positive and who provide a good experience for them. Be somebody who draws people to you.
#2—Listen more than you speak.
While you should communicate effectively (see #5), that doesn’t mean you should talk too much. Communication is about listening just as much as it is about talking—and maybe more so. After all, you want to learn as much as you can in the shortest amount of time possible, so listening is key.
#1—Be flexible in the face of changing circumstances.
Those employees who adapt “on the fly” are the ones who stand out the most to management. That’s because they don’t wilt under pressure. Instead, they perform well and deliver results despite being out of their comfort zone.
Time Staffing Inc.