Your hard work in creating the perfect resume, applying to several companies, and acing your interviews has finally landed you a job. Congratulations! You want to make a good first impression that hopefully carries you throughout your career with your employer. Follow these guidelines on what to do after getting hired.
Keep Quiet and Observe
You’re eager to demonstrate your worth to the company by offering suggestions and showing off what you’ve learned in school or at your previous job. Unfortunately, because you’re new, you have no idea if what you have to say has been tried and discarded previously. Rather than looking like a complete novice, say nothing and use your first few months to observe what’s going on and ask questions. Once you have a better feel for how your office works, you can then start offering suggestions.
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Find Out Who’s Who
You’ll learn about everyone’s formal job duties after you’re introduced around during your first day. Finding out about each person’s informal responsibilities takes more time. The customer support person may also be responsible for maintaining all the computer hardware in the office and the receptionist may influence the CEO because they play bridge together once a week. You don’t want to step on any toes by assuming tasks that someone may already handle. If you’re not sure who’s really in charge of what, don’t be afraid to ask.
Avoid the Critics
Every office has at least one person who constantly complains about everything. They’re never satisfied with the boss, their working conditions, or their assignments. They’ll naturally gravitate toward you as a new outlet for their woes. As a courtesy, listen to them for a minute or two and then find some excuse to move on. If you stay longer, you might start thinking that their skewed sense of reality represents a true picture of your company. Worse yet, others may assume by association that you’re a complainer as well and start avoiding you.