20 Ways to Make a Great First Impression at Your New Job
Are you starting a new job?
These tips will help you hit it off with your new coworkers from the get-go:
- What are you good at? Highlight your strengths! Become the “go-to” person for one thing at your workplace.
- Ask how your coworkers perform certain procedures—like taping in a catheter or setting up vaccines– and try doing them their way. Be humble, and refrain from phrases like, “In my last job….”
- Say “thank you” on a regular basis.
- Perform public outreach to help advertise your clinic or company—for example, teaching basic grooming or first aid.
- Learn something new that your workplace doesn’t currently offer so you can provide it (like learning a new diagnostic technique if you’re in a clinic or a more efficient way to process product orders if you work for a company).
- Be happy with what you have. Now is not the time to try to negotiate a different schedule, bring up telecommuting or make any sort of demands. You (hopefully) negotiated a fair salary, schedule and other benefits before you accepted the position.
- Learn the names of the pets of everyone at your workplace.
- Take a half hour each day to learn something new. A reputation as the person who’s willing to try new things or tackle challenges is a great one to have!
- For ambulatory work, make sure the truck is gassed up, clean, and ready to go for the next day.
- Do something nice for a coworker once a month. Whether it’s lunch on you, a small gift card or formal recognition, it can really make a difference.
- Take the one thing that makes you nervous, and learn about it. It’s a great way to boost your self-confidence.
- Offer a time to help coworkers develop their skills on a slow day.
- Celebrate work milestones and little victories.
- Host fun learning opportunities like a tough-word spelling bee.
- To connect with clients, learn their name and a small fact about them; note whether their animal is male or female; and shake their hand and introduce yourself with confidence and sincerity.
- Take time out for yourself each day to do something that makes you happy. Your life satisfaction shows in your work attitude.
- Refrain from getting involved in office gossip. Get to know your coworkers, but keep the conversations focused on work and small talk.
- Learn more about the other veterinarians at your workplace, and see if you have a shared interest you could pursue together.
- Take on the responsibility of handling posts on social media.
- And, most important, be yourself and have fun!