Every new phase of life has its own rules. But one thing is constant- the first impression. Getting that dream job is just the beginning of your professional career. Day one - learn how to make the best impression at a new work place
You have cleared job interviews and landed the perfect job. Life, more or less, seems on track. But did you know that you’re supposed to be perfect on your first day at work and then show constant improvement? The chilled out attitude you had so far is not going to work for you. Performing efficiently on your first job is a must to chart out a bright future and prevent reaching a dead end in your career. You have to work hard at your job. Moreover, you have to work harder on yourself to snap out of the old relaxed ways and prove your worth as a professional.
Here are some guidelines which will tell you what to expect during your first job and how to make a favourable impression. You cannot afford to start work blindly, like you started college. Brace yourself to confront a new phase of your life.
1. Time Management: Always reach office a little early. Of course going fifteen minutes late for a lecture was never a problem. But here your performance is being judged on a day to day basis. There are no exams to clear. You have to make a professional statement every day. Never leave office before time. Finish your assigned task well before the deadline. Do not wait for the last day to complete your work. Managing your time effectively will brand you as a reliable employee and win your employer’s trust.
2. Study the Culture: Observe the office culture. Do people dress casually? Do your co workers email each other or have more in person conversations? Do people take work home?
3. Know what is expected: Take the initiative and have a chat with your boss. At the meeting find out what your exact responsibilities are, what kind of employee they are looking for, and where you are in the scheme of things so far as company goals are concerned.
4. Appearance: Do not come across as a sloppy person. If you expect a raise in your salary or to progress within the company, dress smart and professional. Notice the company culture in the first few days and adapt yourself to it. Try to emulate your boss, dress to his/her liking. Be clean and wear comfortable clothes.
4. Listen and observe: It could be a bad idea to shoot your ideas on your colleagues who have been around for a while. Observe others in the organisation and suggest something only when appropriate or asked in the first few days. Be modest while expressing your opinions. Initially, you should try to learn as much as possible. Do not hesitate to ask questions when in doubt. The company knows you are a fresher, thus, you are not expected to be a perfectionist from the word ‘go’. But you are expected to be a perfect learner, to be quick to adapt to changes and to be alert.
5. Learn about the company: Attend company events where you tend to meet other people in the organisation and also utilise the lunch time to talk to your colleagues. Gauge the nature of your organisation, understand their needs and goals and keep those in mind while working. Find out about the company policies as well. Contact the Human Resources department for all the information.
6. Discretion is a virtue: Even if the atmosphere at your workplace is casual, it is in bad taste to go around enquiring about your colleagues’ salary. Secondly, if you want to restructure your team or your project members, don’t jump to it. You need to gauge the dynamics of the existing structure first and gain credibility as a team player before any such move is appreciated.
7. Office politics: Do not participate in office politics or trust your coworkers with whatever they say. You are new in office and unaware of office dynamics. People who have been working there for years will try to pull you into the political battles which you have nothing to do with. They might even criticise your boss. Listen and be polite to everyone but do not get influenced. Being gullible might cost you your job.
8. Evaluation: Ask your immediate boss to comment on your work at the end of the month and to suggest changes. Take the feedback seriously and improve your performance. Evaluate your work yourself. Be self critical and think of ways to improve or do things differently.
9. Right Attitude: Be nice to your coworkers if even they do not respond well. Make sure you know everybody’s name by the end of first week. Always take an initiative to build effective relationships at work. Do not misuse office utilities like phones or the internet. Avoid chatting with friends or surfing the net while in office.
Make to-do lists to ensure you never forget important tasks. Keep a diary to note down appointments and take notes. If you are working on a computer, always keep a back-up of your work. Above all, develop a team mindset. You have to work along with other people in any organisation. Hence, an ability to work in a team becomes essential to succeed in your career.