Starting a new job is often scary. And, even if you weren’t happy at your last position or the new one is your dream job, the stress of making a good first impression on your boss and new colleagues is enough to make most people nervous. By applying a few simple strategies, though, you can win over everyone in the office. Below, career coach and motivational speaker Margaret M. Enloe, Esq. in New York City explains how.
3 Tips for Making a Good First Impression
1. Take Conversational Cues
When interacting with your new boss and coworkers, take cues from the conversation and observe the company’s culture. For example, does the boss encourage a more casual atmosphere when clients aren’t around or do they remain formal at all times?
2. Focus on Your Job Duties
During the first few weeks on the job, it’s essential to demonstrate your drive and commitment to excellence by identifying and accomplishing “quick wins,” completing tasks on time and avoiding “water cooler gossip.” A career coach can teach you how to find the right balance between building relationships with your coworkers and getting the job done.
3. Speak Up When in Doubt
Although it’s important to be resourceful and show people you can take the initiative, it’s okay to ask for help, especially when you’re new. In fact, one key thing to clarify early on with the boss or others is their expectations and the job deliverables. If you have questions but don’t ask them for fear of looking stupid, you could end up looking worse by not knowing the answers weeks or months down the road. At least in the beginning, there is some slack when it comes to learning the ropes. Just don’t bother your boss with questions that other employees—like the head of HR, for example—can answer.
If you want more tips that will highlight your particular strengths and weaknesses, turn to Margaret M. Enloe, Esq. Serving New York City, including Manhattan and Queens, this career coach has more than 30 years of experience helping people achieve their full potential. Visit her website to see what past clients have to say about the comprehensive services she provides, or call (646) 872-3674 to make an appointment with a knowledgeable and passionate career consultant today.