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4 Tips for Wowing Your Coworkers at Your New Job

Congratulations on your new job!  Having stunned them with your interviewing prowess, now it's time to show them what a rock star you are at the workplace.  To help you out, we have some tips that are going to make it easy for you to make a great first impression:

  1. Have a Positive Attitude.  Have you ever gone out of your way to avoid a Debbie Downer?  If so, you know that complainers don't make for enjoyable company.  Rather than pointing out all of the ways that your last job “did things better,” maintain a positive outlook.  An enthusiastic attitude is a great way to approach any task, but in particular, it's useful in the workplace where getting along with your colleagues is key.

  2. Dress for Success.  A general rule of thumb here is to dress for the position that is one level above you.  If that style of clothing is within your budget, make that your aim.  However, if you can't afford expensive new outfits, then strive instead to dress professionally in clothing that is well-fitting, clean, and pressed.

  3. Clarify Expectations.  One of the first things you're going to want to find out at your new job is what your boss' expectations are.  While this is something that you probably discussed at your interview, ask questions and drill down deeper.  For instance, how often does your boss expect status updates from you?  What are the main priorities that your manager would like you to focus the majority of your time on?  By asking these questions at the onset of your new position, you are much more likely to wow your new boss and coworkers.

  4. Befriend a Veteran.  It's valuable to have a good understanding of how things work at your new company.  For this reason, seek out a well-respected colleague who can give you a heads-up on what's acceptable and what's not.  Your new friend can help you to navigate office politics and advise you about potential professional pitfalls.