All the months of job searching, networking, and interviewing has paid off!
You have a new job!
You may be thinking it is time to take this new job by storm but is that the best move for getting ahead?
After all, it is only your first day on the job!
We offer you 5 ways to get ahead in your new job on the first day.
1. Here is how to make a great impression
You are starting a new job and meeting a whole bunch of new people.
These people will form opinions about you in the first 10 seconds.
Be sure to act polite, make eye contact, shake hands, and always say, “Thank you.”
2. Do more listening and learning
The saying goes, “When your mouth opens, your ears close.”
It is your first day on the job. Now is not the time to listen with the intent to reply and impress.
There is not one person who knows everything on the first day. Spend your first 90-days letting customers and team members tell you what they think.
Learn from them. Do not dismiss them. Ask lots of questions. Analyze ways you can make the most impact.
But now is not the time to speak and interrupt your new potential co-workers who are trying to share what they know about the company.
3. Investigate ways you can become a company thought leader
You are trying to plant your roots in a company. On your first day, pay attention to possible opportunities.
See if you have opportunities to attend industry events, teach webinars to staff, volunteer, or write for the company blog.
Knowing what you can contribute as a thought leader starts with knowing yourself and what you do best.
You have to know what you can offer a company before you think about how to become a thought leader.
4. Here’s why you should continue networking even though you have a job
You have a job now, but do not stop networking because of it.
Now that you are no longer in job search mode, you can reach out and start helping others.
Start giving back to others and if you need a job again one day, those you helped will be there for you.
You had helped them with their job search at a time when they needed it most.
It is an unselfish act former job seekers can use to pay it forward.
5. Don’t forget to make your boss look good for hiring you
Check in with your boss periodically with updates.
See if you can help with any projects they have currently. Bring up ideas on how you can help.
You make the boss look good by being willing to contribute everything you can.
Your boss may discover you have hidden talents that will be useful in other areas.
If they delegate work to you, there is a better chance you will be in mind the next time a leadership role comes up.
Finally, as always, do your best and give 150% effort to your new job. When you make a habit of doing this, great things start to happen for your career.
Your first day in a new job may just be the perfect time to start getting ahead!