Start your first week in a new job like a boss


You have accepted a job offer, started a new job and want to shine. People form opinions in the first few moments they meet and talk to you. You want to shape the perception of your superiors, executives and employees right from the start.

The goal is to come across as an intelligent, motivated, and motivated team player who can get the job done. It’s also important to position yourself as a star in the fast lane while being humble and respectful of others. Here’s how to achieve that.

The first thing you must do

On your first day at your new job, ask to meet with your line manager. Depending on your working style, the interview can be face-to-face or virtual.

Start the conversation by thanking her for giving you the opportunity to work here. Repeat all the reasons why you wanted the job and why your skills are a perfect match. Make it clear that you are a team player and want to help where you can.

Inquire about the specific details and responsibilities of the role. She can say that it was already discussed in the interview process. Don’t let that derail you. Respond politely, “Yes, we discussed roles and responsibilities and it was very helpful. The way you described the role was one of the many reasons I decided to choose this job over the other offers I received.”

With this statement you have achieved a lot. Not only did you show respect and courtesy, but you also subtly reminded them that you have had other offers, are in high demand and that means you could be poached or could easily find another job.

It may seem Machiavellian, but it lays the foundation you can leverage given your in-demand skills and the hot job market. The manager will remember that you have options and she doesn’t want to lose you to a competitor. The thought of embarking on a three to six month replacement search with no guarantee that she will find a suitable replacement at a reasonable salary is not attractive. The manager intuitively understands that she needs you and needs to keep you happy.

Follow up by saying, “I’m sure you’ll agree, it makes sense to regroup after the several months since we last talked about daily tasks so we’re both on the same page and there’s little or no misunderstandings . As things have changed so rapidly in this new economy, there may have been new developments that you would like to bring to my attention.”

Too often the job turns out differently than advertised, leading to a bad feeling of being deceived or oversold. If there has been any confusion or ambiguity, now is the time to discuss things. Hope everything is copacian. Thank her for her time and let her know that she can always reach out if she needs your help. This lays the groundwork for presenting you as a smart, courteous, thorough, and quick professional.

Start meeting people

They want to be noticed and start cultivating a network of alliances. Just like you had an elevator pitch for your interviews, you should have something to say to everyone you meet. An elevator pitch, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, is a short 30-second statement about who you are, what you did at your previous job, and what role you were hired for. Add that you would like to help the person in any way you can.

Then change the script and ask the colleague what he does in the company and how he likes it here. You like to talk about yourself and you learn a lot about the person and the company. The more people you contact, the better able you will be to understand company culture, politics, and gossip in the workplace.

When entering an office, behave in a courteous and courteous manner to all employees you encounter. Instead of getting mad at the security guard asking for ID, ask him about the weather, the scores from last night’s big game, or his opinion on a trending topic everyone’s talking about.

If you see the receptionist entering the office, treat them with kindness and respect. Find something to compliment him on and ask his opinion about the neighborhood and the best restaurants within walking distance. The goal is to flatter yourself with the people you see every day, and because of your politeness, they will serve as strong advocates, telling everyone how great the “new guy” is.

Have a winning attitude

Come into the office or on a video call with an upbeat, positive attitude. Smile, be happy, even if it has to be forced at times. Position yourself as a helpful team player. This doesn’t mean being subservient and seeking favor with the boss—just act nice and kind and treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Lead by example with a strong work ethic. Go beyond what the job description asks for. Part of your role is to make the boss look good. Find out what her agenda is and help her achieve her goals.

Never spread rumors or speak badly behind someone’s back. You don’t have to be a “yes man,” but being loyal to your boss, teammates, and subordinates is admirable. You don’t always have to agree, but be polite in the way you argue another side that disagrees with the leadership’s point of view.

Bring energy and passion to everything you do. When things aren’t going your way, don’t sulk or threaten to quit. Learn from the encounter and move on. Accept advice, constructive criticism, and feedback with grace. It is offered to help you grow and learn. Don’t take it as a personal attack. Consider changing your behavior if their suggestions make sense.

Do your homework and always come prepared. Know when you’ve scheduled a meeting or completed a project. Arrive early to the meeting or video call, it shows interest and gives you a chance to have some one-on-one conversations with the few people who are also waiting for the meeting to start. Show genuine interest by asking questions and participating.

Go the extra mile because the essentials will never get you anywhere in business. Show manners by smiling and saying hello, looking colleagues in the eye, and actively listening when they speak. Don’t press the door close button on the elevator when someone frantically runs to catch them. Offer authentic congratulations when a teammate does an excellent job, wins a new client, or hits a milestone. Make sure your tasks and projects are completed before the deadline. If you have problems, ask for help.

Be prepared for buyer regret and paperwork

When a person makes a large purchase, such as B. buying a house or car, there is a sense of joy and exhilaration. After a while, enthusiasm wanes, you begin to question your decisions, and you become plagued by self-doubt. This also happens when it comes to a job.

After a few days in a new job, you might not feel comfortable. You feel the pressure to excel, you make the boss believe you made the right choice, you don’t know where to turn and you become familiar with the unique idiosyncrasies of your new job.

Take some time to absorb and process everything that is happening. Sometimes you dip into the deep end of the pool and can swim, other times you dip your toes in the water and slowly acclimate to the temperature. Although data shows millions of Americans are quitting their jobs on a fairly regular basis, don’t throw in the towel too soon. Give it a few months before you even think about moving on. If you are unhappy or unsure of what to do, seek advice from your manager, Human Resources, or a nice person you’ve met recently to share your thoughts.

It can be tedious to do all the paperwork in the beginning. Be proactive by preparing questions for the onboarding HR representative, especially if you have special needs such as: B. A medical condition that requires a physician who is only with certain insurance carriers. Double check that the title, salary, benefits, stock options, and 401k plans match what they told you before. Once you’re comfortable, update your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook profiles to make it official.


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