When you start a job, your new employer’s first impression of you will go a long way in determining whether or not you succeed. In a recent Robert Half Finance & Accounting survey of CFOs, the majority of those responding said they gave new hires 1-3 months to prove themselves, but a significant minority gave less than 1 month. But how do you prove yourself? Here are 6 do’s and
Here are 6 do’s and don’ts:
- Do show up early. Arrive before starting time so you can settle in—then check your calendar and put your day together.
- Don’t be a know-it-all. Don’t tell everyone what worked great for you in your last job. Instead, learn how things are done at your new company and why these ways have been working and, if appropriate, suggest changes tactfully—e.g., “I don’t know if this works for you, but suppose we tried . . . .”
- Do seek help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your peers or boss. Ask to meet with your boss weekly to discuss your progress and get feedback. If you think additional training would help, ask for it.
- Don’t rock the boat. Don’t ask for perks and other favors not discussed when you were offered the job. Learn the company culture and adjust your behavior rather than asking the firm to adjust to you.
- Do say “thanks.” Any time a peer helps, make sure you say thank you in a sincere, appreciative way.
- Don’t isolate yourself. Constantly network with colleagues.When appropriate, invite them for coffee or lunch. Learn what they do and see if there are ways you can help them as a colleague (not a know-it-all).
Most important, keep in mind that you are being watched during that first month or two to see if you are filling the need they hired you for and are adding value.