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Top 9 Impressive Things All Smart People do When They Start a New Job

Congrats, you’ve landed a new job. Maybe you were unemployed for several months and are thrilled to finally be back in the work force. Maybe you gave your two weeks’ notice at your old position and have been eagerly anticipating starting your new job and are hopeful it’s going to be better than the last one. We may feel like the work is over once we get that happy phone call that we’re hired, since looking for work can often be a full-time job in itself, between the exhaustive hours spent networking and stalking online job boards and asking friends and acquaintances if they have any leads. But in fact, the hard work is only just beginning. That’s a good thing, though, since you like to work hard. Check out the top 9 impressive things that people do when starting at a new company. You’re just as smart, so of course you can do these things, too.

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1. Making Their Presence Known

This goes beyond simple introductions and ensuring that your new coworkers know your name. Now is not the time to be shy and quiet – in fact, it’s the complete opposite of it. You were hired for a reason (and probably more than one), so get confident and make a real splash during your first few months at your new job. Speak up in meetings, ask your coworkers personal and professional questions about themselves so you can get a handle on their backstories, and even suggest some happy hours or get-togethers so you all can all get to know each other better and bond.

2. But Not Coming on Too Strongly

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We all have a certain working style and personality. Some of us are more naturally timid and careful, and others are more aggressive and confident. The first few days or month at a new job is not the time to come on super strongly and make crazy, wild demands, or explain to coworkers that you want to be super close to them. Ease into your position and try not to make any grand statements about things being different from now on, even if you truly believe that and you really want to do an amazing job. People will just hear that you want to replace the old employee who held your position before you, and they might be insulted and upset, taking it as a mark against them and the entire company.

3. Keeping in Touch With Ex-Coworkers

Just because you’re at a new position and have left your old one behind doesn’t mean you don’t need those people in your professional network any longer. Maybe you can still freelance or be involved somehow with your old company. Don’t lose touch with the people you worked with, especially those you had friendly relationships with. You never know when you might need to ask a favour and when you can pay it forward yourself and help one of them out. The bigger your professional network is, the better.

4. Working Extra Hours

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The early bird gets the worm, as the saying goes, and you’ll be doing that plus burning the midnight oil. Your first two months at your new job, try coming into the office an hour early and staying an hour late. You’ll have some extra time to orient yourself with your new surroundings, get the lay of the land and generally become more comfortable. It will also look impressive to your boss and colleagues, which is always a bonus. You also might miss out on the craziest parts of the morning and evening commute, and who doesn’t want that?

5. Showing Appreciation

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The smartest people make sure that their new bosses know that they truly appreciate the opportunity that they’ve been given, and are willing to go the extra mile and do their best at their new job. Don’t take your new position for granted. Send your boss a thank-you email after your first month and tell them how much you’re enjoying your new position and that you’re up to the challenges that are ahead. This will show that you’re looking long-term and are not just a flash in the pan employee and that you are hoping to stay. Bosses love loyal employees who hope to keep their jobs, and that can be you.

6. Being in a Good Mood

You can’t keep this up forever, of course – eventually you will have a bad morning, will spill your coffee all over yourself the second you arrive at your desk and will have way too much work to get done in a single day, let alone a month. But for now, you’re the new kid on the block and you want to show that you’re a friendly, positive person. This will make everyone comfortable and show that you’re a team player and happy to be there. That’s especially important for some employees who aren’t into change all that much and wish the old employee was still there.

7. Not Having High Expectations

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If you are a very sociable person, all you need to do is just join this new environment and immediately be best friends with every single person, charm the boss and be promoted instantly. But, of course, when does that ever actually happen? That’s a movie or a fantasy, not real life. So go into your new office with lower expectations than you actually want to have, and you’ll save yourself a lot of disappointment. It’s still early days, so it’s good to remember that good things come to those who wait and good things take time.

8. Keeping an Eye on Other Positions

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Sometimes, even though we can’t believe it could actually happen, a new position that sounded so dreamy and so completely perfect for us turns out to be the worst fit imaginable. Unfortunately, there’s always the potential that we could get fired, especially in today’s difficult economy. Maybe the company decides to eliminate our position or our boss tells us we’re not a great fit for the office environment and the overall company after all. Or maybe it’s us who decide that this new job just sucks. Whatever the case, smart people know that they can’t jump in headfirst when they get a new job, and they keep an eye on the competition and on any potential positions for the first little while. It’s better to be safe than sorry, as the popular saying goes.

9. Doing Stuff They Don't Want to do

There are parts of every job that, frankly, are no fun at all, and there are always things that your boss will want you and your coworkers to volunteer to do. Since you’re new, you’ll want to say yes to any opportunities that come up, especially if they sound boring and dull. You will look you’re willing to suck it up and do what it takes to succeed, which is exactly the impression that you want to make. Hosting a company fundraiser in your backyard on a Sunday afternoon? Organizing a party and inviting every single client when the list is in the hundreds or thousands? It’s all you, and you’ll take on the tasks with a big smile.

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If you do any of these 9 things that smart people do at a new job, you’ll be the new office star in no time. You’ll impress everyone from your new boss to your new coworkers, and most of all, you’ll impress yourself.

Do you have any other tips on how to be the office star? Share them in the comments section below.

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