How To Be Good At A New Job

Shine In Your New Position

Congratulations—you’ve landed a new job in a tough economy. You already know how to be good at a new job—now let’s show them what you can really do! Take on responsibility and listen to your coworkers—it’s your time to shine!

Listen, learn, and then go solo: Don’t expect a great deal of coddling at a new job. After all, everyone has other things to do. Listen to the instructions you’re given and master the rest of the job on your own. Your company will see you as a selfless self-starter.

Get there early: Being seen already at your desk as your coworkers (even the early ones!) walk in will find you taken more seriously as a professional. You’re already ready to work when most coworkers are pouring their first cup of coffee.

Meet your coworkers: Expand your network by knowing who you work with. Make small talk, chat, and remember names! Sociable people get promoted faster, solve problems more quickly, and find additional resources better than those who keep their head down.

Admit when you don’t know: No one is perfect, and no one can know everything. If you get a question you’re unsure of, simply say, “I’m not sure about that, but I can get back to you.” Then do it. Honesty is truly the best policy, and you’ll be respected for being able to admit it.

Take advantage of new opportunities: Is there a new project you’d like to work on? Ask to be a part of it. A new product your company is offering? Learn as much as you can about it. Those with never-ending curiosity are always seeking new answers and discovering the next best ideas.

Beat—not meet!—your deadlines: Don’t put anything off, even if you’re overwhelmed. Ask for help! Dive right in to your new assignments with gusto and show your new coworkers you’re enthusiastic about being a part of the team.