You have worked hard to prepare for your job hunt- from writing a good resume and good cover letter, to practicing the interviews and now that you are hired, does this mean you can take it easy from here on? If you want to keep the job or to get a good recommendation, then you are for your next challenge- giving an impressive job performance.
The Probationary Period
New hires go though the probationary phase which can last from two to three months. During this period, you need to show the boss that hiring you was not a mistake. This is your chance to prove that you deserve to stay with the company.
Consider these practical tips on how you can impress your employer starting from your first day of work:
Be punctual. Arriving even just 3 minutes late on your first day of work instantly creates a negative impression. Make it a goal to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before your shift starts. You can use the extra minutes to organize your tasks for day to make sure that you won’t forget anything.
Dress appropriately. It’s not about topping everyone else with your dressing. However, you do want to look presentable and professional at all times. See to it that you are wearing clean, well-ironed and pleasant smelling clothes to work.
Avoid skipping work. As much as possible, you want to have a perfect attendance, without any records of tardiness or under-times. Unless it is a real emergency, don’t just call or make an alibi for not showing up for work.
Lend a hand. Be ready to offer help not just to your boss or superiors, but to your co-workers as well. However, don’t offer help just to impress. Be sincere.
Be honest. As a newbie, you should be willing to ask and accept help from others as well. If you don’t know how to do a task, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. If you made a mistake, tell the truth instead of covering up. Telling lies to get out of a bad situation will only get you in trouble later on. Even worse, you will lose the trust of your boss and co-workers.
Be a team player. Being a team player means cooperating with the group to achieve the company’s goals. Being new to the company may require a big adjustment on your part. Don’t shut yourself out and keep an open mind. If you do, you will surely get along with the people in your office just fine.
Give it your best. It doesn’t matter what job you do or which company you work for. If you give it your best, your boss will surely notice your hard work. Even if you don’t intend to stay with the company for a long time, you can expect a good recommendation from your boss.
Think outside the box. Brilliant ideas are always welcome. Try to come up with solutions that can benefit company. However, when giving suggestions, don’t forget to show your boss the respect he/she deserves.