7 Ways to Stand Out the First Week at a New Job

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First impressions are important in every part of life, but they’re especially vital in the workplace. It’s important to distinguish yourself as a hard-worker and valuable asset right from the get-go. This will help you earn the trust of your colleagues and affirm that your company made the right decision in bringing you on board. Here are 7 ways to stand out and get acclimated your first week at a new job:

Arrive Early

The best part about being early is that it means you’re not late. Showing up early reflects your eagerness to help and willingness to learn. As you figure out traffic patterns on your way to work, it’s best to give yourself plenty of extra time. Being late your first week at a job is a sure-fire way to draw the ire of your new boss.

Stay Late

Don’t leave the office until your boss and/or co-workers have left. Being the first person to leave will make you appear lazy and apathetic. If everyone is staying late, ask if you can offer a hand with anything. If they decline your offer, politely ask your boss if you can leave for the day.

Dress the Part

Ask the hiring manager at your new company about appropriate workplace attire. If you show up underdressed or significantly overdressed, you’re going to draw a lot of raised eyebrows and unwanted attention.

Bring a Treat

Bringing in a tasty snack such as bagels or cookies is a nice gesture and will probably bait many of your new colleagues into coming over to introduce themselves. A word of advice, though: bring enough food for everybody!

Befriend an Office Veteran

Where’s the bathroom? What’s the password? Who should I contact for approval? During your first week at a new job you’ll probably have tons of questions. It’s important to establish a relationship with somebody who has the answers. Befriending an office veteran is the best way to accelerate the learning curve and feel comfortable in your new position.

Update Social Media

Update your various social media profiles, particularly LinkedIn, to reflect your new position and title. You should also follow or “Like” your new company’s social media pages. This can be a surprisingly effective way to learn about the company and keep up with the conversation. While you’re at it, you should also update any online resumes floating around. 

Stake Out the Area

Changing jobs also means a change of scenery. Your office is probably in a new and unfamiliar part of town. When you have some free time, drive (or walk) around the area and scout out restaurants, gas stations, pharmacies and other spots you can visit during your lunch hour.

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