Making that Great Impression – Part One

You landed the new job. Time to celebrate! The first couple of weeks can be tough though. First impressions about you are going to shape your coworkers minds and leave a lasting idea on the type of person you are. These impressions can make an impact on your future potential and success with the company. So let’s make these impressions positive! Here are some tips on how to make a great first impression and fit in with your coworkers.

This will always be rule #1: Have a positive attitude. Be a team player, be willing to jump into any situation or problem to help solve it, show enthusiasm and leave non-work related problems at home. Your optimism will radiate through the entire office and leave your coworkers in a positive state as well.

Now for a silly yet significant step: Learn your coworkers names! It might sound dumb and trivial but it will make people respect you more and treat you as a member of the team. If you forget someone’s name then simply apologize and ask them for it again. Identifying your coworkers will help you bond with them and separate them from just another face in the crowd.

Finally, it is imperative that you ask for help from the veterans when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You were just thrown into a new role and you aren’t expected to know everything. Ask your coworkers for help and LISTEN to what they have to say. Be open minded, cooperative and take advice from the dinosaurs of the company. Those experienced guys could actually teach you something.

These are just the basics on making that great impression at a new company. You need to be eager, reflect a positive attitude and be willing to listen to your coworkers. Remember that you’re the rookie and that impressing these people has become part of your new full time job.


My Very Own Super Tuesday

What’s that saying? Luck is when opportunity meets preparedness? Do allow me to explain.

About four Tuesdays ago, the elections were in full swing. Everywhere on the news it was Clinton this, Obama that, and/or McClain this and that. All of this talk about changes they were going to make. I know because I was sitting on the couch watching the TV. Yep, you guessed it. I didn’t have a job. And it was getting old.

Well, I must have fallen asleep and through osmosis, gained inspiration from everything they were talking about. About how “The time for change is now” and “If you don’t like how things are going, change them!” The quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” comes to mind.

Anyway, I woke up with such a motivation to change my own life. I got off the couch and cleaned my whole apartment. And I have to say, a clean room to me, must be like springtime to a caterpillar. It really uncluttered my mind. Next, I got on the computer and updated my résumé. I wrote a compelling cover letter and scoured the internet for a job leads. Then I went outside for a jog (something must have happened to me by then because I am NOT a runner), and came back to a clean apartment. It felt great.

In the following weeks, I had really gotten my life on track. I was exercising, practicing my interviewing skills, applying for jobs and just generally being positive. I had started networking with my friends and parents and friends of parents— anything I could think of in order to get a job. That was my goal.

I wanted change, so I became changed. I had picked that day to do it and was awaiting an opportunity to come my way. I knew that when it did, I’d be ready. Another quote that comes to mind is, “You can’t win if you don’t enter.” And how very true that is. Luck isn’t found, it’s made. And you could make some of your very own, this Tuesday perhaps!