Starting a new job is a great thing, but it’s just an initial step. Once you begin, you’ll need to win over your boss, fit in with your co-workers and demonstrate how important you are to the company.

Here are some tips on how to make the best first impression.

Inquire for assistance. Speak up instead of pretending to know it all. It will provide you a chance to work together with colleagues and help prevent misunderstandings.

Keep away from gossip. Talking by the water cooler is a good way to make friends, but keep the talk positive and accommodating.

Focus on your job. It’s fine to have pictures of your kids on your desk and to program your mother’s cell into your speed dial. But try to save family business for lunchtime so you don’t appear unfocused and inattentive.


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