Tips For Being Successful At Your New Job

April 19th, 2018

Being successful at your new job

Let your recruiter help you through the early bumps in the road

When you’re just starting a new job, it’s hard to think about the future when you are so concerned with learning the new routines of the day-to-day. Now that you’ve landed the job, you tend to stop thinking of your resume and of your long-term career, but those first few weeks on the new job are critical to setting yourself up for long-term success. Below are some tips for your first week, things you can do each day to set yourself apart, and things you should consider for long-term employment at your new company! Because at SourcePoint Staffing, we don’t just want to help you find a great job, we want you to excel.

How to be Successful in your First Week on the Job

As the saying goes, you never get a second chance at making a first impression. Having a good first day and first week on the job is an important first step in setting yourself up for long-term success.

When you step into your first day at a new job, people will notice your attitude – are you smiling, and do you seem genuinely happy? Or are you giving off an attitude that makes people hesitate to welcome you? Whether good or bad, people pick up on these cues and make instant judgements about your personality. While that’s a lot of pressure on your first few hours, it’s also refreshing to think that this is a new start… a chance to reset. Here’s some ideas:

  • Think back on your past: Think back to people you considered the best workers at previous jobs. What did they do to make you think that? How can you show that you will be that person at your new job during your first week? First month?
  • Keep it going after day one: If your company has a more formal training period, your “first impression” doesn’t stop after the first day. This training period is as much about the company learning your personality and skillset as it is for you to learn the job at hand. In order to be successful during this time, you need to show that you are interested and invested in the job.
  • Ask Questions: Questions are a great way to convey interest and make you seem more knowledgable, so ask as many questions as you need until you have a very clear understanding of the job and basic company operations. You are sure to impress your manager if you ask intelligent questions and reference their responses in a later conversation!

Sometimes yet, companies start their employees in a probationary period, giving them a chance to show their work ethic, skillset, and contributions to the team. While this can be stressful, it’s important to remember that they placed you in this position for a reason, all you have to do is prove that they made the right decision. Some tips for success:

  • Give maximum effort. Go above and beyond. Take time to get to know managers, supervisors, and coworkers. Every ounce of effort you put in won’t go unnoticed.
  • Memorize names. Make it a goal to memorize your coworker’s names as quickly as possible, and use their names in conversation and in greetings. You’d be shocked to see how much faster people connect with you after you use their name!

However, no matter how much you plan or prepare, things come up, and that’s when it’s important to remember that your recruiter is still willing and wanting to help. Below are some common roadblocks people run into, and how we help.

  • Reset your perception that things aren’t as you thought they would be from the interview – we’ll talk through your expectations and find a compromise between what you were hoping and what you’re seeing.
  • Coworker conflict – we’ll give you tips on how to keep a civil work environment even if you aren’t getting along with a coworker. Our goal is to catch any problems up front before it becomes a bigger issue.
  • Struggling in a probationary period – we’ll narrow down exactly what is challenging you and work with the company to set you up for success during this time.

Look Great at Work – Every Day on the Job

The easiest thing you can do to make a lasting impression every day is show up on time… for every day of work, for every meeting, and after every break. This is something that shouldn’t take any extra effort for you to do, but the simple fact that you are there when you are expected is more than many workers can say. Remember:

  • Communication is Key: Life happens. If your car breaks down, you sleep through your alarm, or you’re dealing with a sick child, communicate to your supervisor as soon as you know you’ll be late, and DON’T make a habit of it.

Another fairly easy thing you can do is be productive during working hours. We’ve all been there… your machine breaks down, your computer decides to spend an hour updating, or you get ahead of other people on the line. Rather than standing around and taking a break, make good use of that downtime by cleaning up your workspace or lending a hand to someone else. There’s a time and place to hang out with your coworkers, but if your goal is to get a promotion or raise, using your downtime productively is a great way to catch your supervisor’s eye and set yourself apart.

Finally, if your goal is to make a career at your place of employment, there are some very important things to remember:

  • Be positive: Never talk poorly of your job or coworkers to anyone at the company because you never know who is listening.
  • Communicate what you enjoy doing: On the flip side, if you communicate your appreciation for your job or bring up specific tasks that you like to do to your supervisors, they will be much more likely to try to get you doing those things more often. For example, if you are finding success working with a machine you had been previously struggling with and are enjoying working with it now, let them know! All supervisors like to see their employees working in a place that makes them happy.
  • Let us help you through the bumps: From putting in requests for time off to talking about a raise, SourcePoint recruiters can help you set yourself apart from your coworkers!

Ultimately our goal is to find you a job you love day in and day out, and that goes hand-in-hand with being successful in your position. We know there is a lot to think about in your first few weeks, so we want to make sure you know that we are here to help you through any obstacles. So whether you are looking for a new job or are already a few weeks into a job that we worked together to get, contact us and we will clear the road for a successful future!