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10 Ways to Stand Out Professionally During Your First 30 Days of a New Job

Dec 29, 2020

A new job is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. New jobs can be both challenging and rewarding. There’s a lot to learn, and it can feel overwhelming at times.  You want to do your best and be successful, but it’s not always clear the best way to show your commitment and determination when you are just starting out.

When you begin a new job, those first 30 days are critical for your future success within your new role. Here are 10 things you must do in your first 30 days to get the most out of your new job and make lasting positive impressions with your new coworkers.

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1. Get to Know Your Team

Demonstrating initiative is a great way to give yourself a leg-up. Take it upon yourself to introduce yourself to everyone on the team.

You will be working together, and the work you do will directly affect them and vice versa.  First impressions last, so it is important to start your working relationships off on the right foot.  The sooner you take the initiative to learn about your coworkers professionally and personally, the sooner you will be able to successfully collaborate.

2. Be Positive

Be positive in your interactions with the team. This shows how eager you are to be part of the team and demonstrates that you will positively impact the company culture.

3. Learn the Company Culture

Going along with that last point, company culture is a major factor that contributes to the success of the organization and the team.  Make it a point to understand the culture of your new employer. Learn who the influencers are within your organization and pay attention to the nuances of the team.

Go to company activities and actively participate when you’re there! This will help you gauge how the organization is run and where your role fits in.

4. Ask Questions

If you have a question, ask it! Your managers and teammates will appreciate your willingness to learn; they would rather teach you how to complete a task correctly than fix a mistake made because you tried to figure it out on your own.

While they’re training you, be sure to take notes on the questions you ask so you can refer to them later.

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5. Learn About the Organization

Learning about an organization’s corporate values and business objectives will help you become a contributing member of the team. It will empower you to make decisions and directly contribute to reinforcing the company’s mission.

6. Learn about Your Customers

Customers are the foundation of any company. How well you serve them will directly influence your success in your role. Research the customers you are servicing; your research will give you a deep understanding of your customer’s needs and ensure you are going above and beyond for them in your job.

7. Understand How Your Performance is Measured

The only way you can be effective in your job is by understanding how your performance is rated. Have your manager walk through what their daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly expectations are for you. This will ensure you can focus on what is important and perform those tasks perform to the best of your ability.

8. Reflect on Your Work

Make time to reflect on your performance. It is important to learn from your mistakes and continue to progress in your role. Ask for constructive feedback from your manager to help you grow.

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9. Be Flexible and Keep an Open Mind

When you start a new job, flexibility is important. It is not uncommon for things to come up throughout the workday that were not on the training agenda. Your ability to go with the flow and learn from these moments will say a lot to your trainer.

You do not want your new colleagues to think you are negative or cannot adapt to your surroundings. Also, keep an open mind about policies and procedures. You may have prior industry experience, but that does not mean you know exactly how your new employer likes tasks completed.

You do not want them to think you are a know-it-all who cannot learn new ways of doing things.

10. Have Fun

Starting a new job should be fun. Starting a new job is an exciting opportunity to prove your abilities and make lasting professional relationships.

Have fun getting to know your coworkers and taking on new challenges. It will help you grow both personally and professionally.

Building a Lasting Foundation

What you do in the first 30 days of your new job sets the foundation for your future success with the company. Use these 10 tips to help you leave a lasting impression with your new employer and get the most out of your first month on the job.