Within a few months or weeks, some of you may be starting your first job. Nervous though you may be, you’re most likely determined to do well. If you’re not entirely sure how to approach your new life at work, here are some tips to help you make an impact and make your mark from day one.
1. Know your interests early on
If you want to stand out at work, you first have to find a job that is the best fit for you. During the application and interview process, you have to pay attention to your prospective employer’s culture and think about whether or not it’s the right place for you.
A good way to start is to identify what your are interests and try to pick something that fits your personality. For example, if you’re more of an extrovert, you might want to consider getting into a line of work that involves doing sales.
2. Know what’s expected of you
In order to hit the ground running, you have to know what’s expected of you so don’t be afraid to ask what your employers expect.
Identifying your tasks early on definitely helps to find out exactly what you need to do each day. You should also find out who are the people you’ll be reporting to.
3. Exceed expectations
Always demonstrate that you can go above and beyond. Once you’ve been in the job for a while and learned how to meet the company’s expectations, you have to find out what else can be done to surpass those expectations.
Understanding your role alone is not enough; you’ll need to also understand how you can contribute to the overall goals of the organisation. By taking initiatives to contribute in roles beyond those of your own will make you stand out. You might be given the opportunity to try out something new or move to a different department, so you can grow in another aspect of your career.
It’s quite common to feel intimidated by the new environment, especially when you’re around so many capable employees with years of experience. However, the last thing you want is to let this new environment intimidate you and make you feel small.
So, any time you have an idea, a fresh perspective, or an issue, don’t shy away from bringing it to the table because this helps you establish a line of communication with your colleagues.
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