15 Ways to Kick Ass in Your First Few Weeks at a New Job

After months of searching, filling out applications, writing cover letters and going on interviews, you finally got the job! You’ve already made a good impression during the hiring process (you wouldn’t have been offered the job otherwise!) but your efforts can’t stop there.

Now that you’re in, it’s important to keep the good impression going with the rest of your co-workers. In addition to learning the ropes, the first few weeks on the job are your chance to prove yourself and your worth, so that the company knows you’re reliable and a valuable member of the team. Proving your reliability from the start can bring some great opportunities in the future!

Here are some ways you can kick-ass during the first few weeks and really shine in your new role:

Ask a lot of thoughtful (not obvious!) questions


Introduce Yourself to as Many People as You Can


Be on time (or even a few minutes early!) in the morning and to meetings


Eat lunch in a communal area, not at your deskgiphy-6


Ask your new team members to grab lunch or coffee


Don’t leave right at 5pm, be willing to stay late


Say yes to everything that comes your way


Put 100% effort into your work


Request feedback from your manager regularly and use it to improve


Be enthusiastic & optimistic & smile a lot


Connect with your colleagues on LinkedIn


Offer to help with more than just your assigned work


Find out if there are any resource groups, sports teams or “extra-curriculars” to join


Dress for success no matter what the dress code


Observe office politics and follow the unwritten rules of the office









With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to proving you were a good choice for the job.

What do you do to stand out in the first few weeks at a new job? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Taylor Sinkway is Community & Marketing Coordinator at FindSpark. She is a recent graduate of Hofstra University, and a Jersey Girl at heart. You can find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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