Everyone knows that first impressions are crucial to reputations and success. Like it or not, you only get one chance to make that first impression. So make it count from the start by building a strong foundation for your new professional relationships by proving your worth from Day One.
1. Understand office politics
Every workplace has its own complex, pre-existing web of relationships, processes and other assorted nuances that create the cultural atmosphere. No one wants to get involved with so-called office politics, but the reality is that, with or without your involvement, office politics exist and have a major influence on day-to-day business operations. If you want to be effective at your new job, you need to understand how they work and how to navigate them, even if you prefer neutral ground. Every office has politics. For better or worse, they're a big part of the job, so learn your office's political system as soon as possible.
2. Meet every deadline
Meeting all of your deadlines is absolutely essential to making a great first impression at a new job, writes Colin Shaw, LinkedIn Influencer and Beyond Philosophy CEO. Reliability, Shaw explains, is one of the most important traits in a worker. Being branded as unreliable will hold you back from getting to take on the big projects later on, because your managers won't trust you to deliver when it matters most. On the other hand, proving that you can produce quality work on a deadline is a powerful way to make yourself known as a reliable employee—one who goes beyond the talk and takes action.
3. Show drive and passion
There are countless ways to display your enthusiasm for growth and improvement, both for yourself and your employer, and everyone does it differently. Regardless, Shaw recommends a few simple but powerful ways to prove you mean business.
Be the first one in and the last one out. Show that you'll do whatever it takes to get up to speed and become a big-time contributor.
Make "Yes!" your default. Don't be a sycophant, and don't agree to take something on if you know you can't deliver. But avoid turning down opportunities to prove yourself and grow. Your first instinct should always be to say "Yes!"
Ask. Ask for feedback. Ask your veteran coworkers the best ways to approach things. Ask for clarification on tasks and action items so you know exactly how to proceed. Asking questions shows that you're engaged and committed to improving.