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 it their way. Be humble.
- 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).
- Smile! It’s hard not to love the person who always seems cheerful. (Plus, looking for opportunities to be cheerful can help lift your own spirits, too.)
- Learn the names of all of your coworkers' pets.
- 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 co-worker 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.
- Connect with clients by learning their names 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.
- Most important, be yourself and have fun!