5 Impressive Things All Smart People Do When They Start a New Job

Everyone knows that first impressions are crucial but it is less apparent that it can take 60, 90, or even 180 days to make the “first impression” for a new job.

Why? For what? It can take that long in big corporations just to reach all the essential business partners and customers you’ll be dealing with. Each initial conversation, meeting, or interaction contributes to the first impression people have of you.

In smaller firms, where it takes less time to meet all, new hires appear to feel more watched and evaluated. The term “under the microscope” becomes a mantra for them. Here we would tell you 5 Impressive Things All Smart People Do When They Start a New Job.

1. They View Starting a New Job as an Exercise in Personal Branding

Make no mistake, you’re going to be judged by how you turn up at work. Your work is your brand — as is your general attitude, reliability in showing up on time for meetings or finishing tasks, and the way you dress up.

Perhaps more significant, though subtler, is how well you are opening up to your new colleagues. Would you undershare, miss useful suggestions if you say something awkward that isn’t complimentary? Would you overshare connections as a way to try and build? They all combine to make up how your new colleagues view you.

Smart people strive to be recognized as an interesting and easy-to-talk guy, but who can buckle down and get to work.

2. They Chill Out

Quick news: You got the job! Studies have shown the anxiety to be contagious. It’s exciting to start a new job for you but it’s just another day for everyone else at the workplace. Be patient and aspire to suit the office environment’s energy and speed, even if it’s different from yours. You can go at your own pace once you are identified, but before then, don’t be the hyper-anxious person that everyone intuitively wants to avoid.

Smart people at their new job take a deep breath when they feel stressed and make a calm, can-do impression.

3. They Use the 70/30 Rule

Do you know the 70/30 Rule? It recommends you ask questions 70 percent of the time and inquires about how things work. Then, the other 30 percent of the time, share background on yourself so that people get to know you and how you think. If you monopolize the conversation by talking too much about yourself, it can be mistaken by people for arrogance, or alternatively for trying too hard.

Smart individuals tend to pose the organisation’s incisive (but not invasive) questions. This way, the interactions and conversations with people would be of interest to both them and you.

4. They Do Their Homework

By the time they arrive for the first day, those who intend to hit the ground running have already conducted background work to consider the broader sense of what their new company is doing, why, and how recent experiences have influenced existing activities. In Between getting recruited and beginning a new career, they have someone at the organization — often a hiring manager or a colleague reporting to the same person — to exchange a few emails with to get up to speed.

By doing their research in advance, smart people will involve their co-workers in discussions that are more meaningful and beneficial than simply “keeping up.”

5. They Pay Attention to Company Culture

What are the assumptions and beliefs which drive the behaviors and actions of individuals? Those, together, describe the organization’s culture. Once you have it, you will neither buck nor back it up. Community is inherent for those who are submerged in it, and for that reason, some of the individuals who epitomize it (the fish in the proverbial water) can not teach you about it.

Smart people learn about the environment not by what people say they will do or what they say they value, but by looking at what people actually do.

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