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Making an impression at a new job

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02nd January, 2019 18:08 IST

Starting at a new job can be nerve-wracking, because you have new tasks to learn, new bosses to impress and new colleagues to meet. It's important to know how to behave at a new job to make a good first impression. Keep in mind how to behave at a new job so you can succeed in your career.Get plenty of rest You will have a lot to learn and remember during the first few days of your new job, so it's important to be well-rested and ready to go. Get at least 8 hours of sleep so you are able to focus and your mid-afternoon yawn isn't seen by your new bosses and interpreted as laziness or disinterest. The first impression at a new job is important, so you wll want to be refreshed and alert.

Introduce yourself Take the time to introduce yourself in the elevator or to colleagues at the desks across from yours. This small step will help you start developing a relationship with coworkers and let them know you are part of the team.

Remain neutral Engage your new coworkers in conversation when they welcome you to the team, but stay neutral in your opinions about them. You are just as likely to get welcomed into the office fantasy football pool as you are to get targeted by the office gossip, so remain objective until you know whose welcome is genuine.

Take notes There are a lot of little details to remember when you are learning the ropes of a new job. To avoid having to bug new coworkers with lots of questions, note down important things to remember such as your computer password or how to access client files.

Be yourself You don't have to automatically be seen as a cool person by your new coworkers, so act natural and be yourself. Instead of working overly hard to try to impress the new people around you, let them get to know you first. Your office behavior will let coworkers understand who you are and what you are genuinely about.

Stay confident It's a new job and there's a lot to learn, but don't let it intimidate you. Remember you earned that job due to your experience and let your workplace attitude display that confidence and experience. If you get frustrated or overwhelmed, take a deep breath and try again. Let your new bosses see that you work well in new situations and under pressure.

Work as a team player You are a new employee, but you are part of a team. The sooner you start acting like it the sooner you will be accepted as a team player. Ask your manager or superior what you can be doing to help the team. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you are asked to participate in a team or group function. Coworkers will be more likely to help you out and answer your questions if you establish yourself as a team player.

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