If you thought getting a job is the hardest thing to do, you are bound to learn otherwise, sooner than later. Landing the job of your choice is only half the battle won. The real battle begins on the day when you report for work at your new job. You are surrounded by a completely new environment and unknown people. You are expected to fit in, perform well and add value to the company. In short, you have very little time to make your first impression, and it has to be good.
How To Make Your Mark At Your New Job?
To make a positive impression on your co-workers, you will have to make extra efforts. All the extra effort you put into your job in the initial days, will fetch you brownie points later on. To be seen as one of them, and to be regarded as capable and reliable, you should take the following steps:
Adopt The Culture: The most important thing to do at a new job, is to try to fit in. This means that you should keep your eyes open and observe people around you. Get to know the organisation's culture and adopt it. If you continue to do things as they were done at your previous company, you will never be able to fit in.
Network: Try to get to know everyone at the office. Communicate with as many people as possible. Address them by their names and build relationships. Don't forget that these contacts will be of importance even long after you leave the job.
Be Clear: The printed job description handed out to you is not always enough to get a clear picture of your role. Spend time with your manager to get clarity on what is expected of you. Make sure that you take on complete responsibility for the role. You should do at least as much as the person who was performing this job before you.
Admit Mistakes: It is very common for employees to make mistakes at a new job. So don't be flustered if you make one or a few. Admit your mistake and take corrective measures immediately. Don't even think of covering up or hiding your mistake. Even if you don't admit it, it is bound to be noticed by people around you.
Seek Feedback: Don't wait for the annual performance appraisal to get feedback from your manager. Fix a meeting at the end of your first month at the job. Ask for feedback about your performance and suggestions for you to improve.