After a long and difficult job search, you might be tempted to simply ease into a new position and catch your breath. Unfortunately, the early stages of a new gig are no time for coasting. If anything, you’ve got to work extra hard to prove yourself and get started on the right foot.
How does one do that without kissing up to the boss? A recent Jobs & Hire post titled “6 Ways to Impress Your Employer” highlights a half-dozen key attributes for new hires and seasoned employees alike. The first one is punctuality, and while that might seem obvious, this means more than simply getting to work on time. You should finish tasks by their due dates and generally do things in a timely manner. This shows discipline, and that goes a long way.
The next one, reliability, is similar, though this is less about time than followthrough. You want to be the kind of person who delivers on promises and handles responsibility. “No boss would promote unreliability because an unreliable worker would fail his or her boss at precisely the wrong time,” according to the post.
Attribute No. 3 is proactivity, which means seeking out answers to problems and taking the initiative to learn new skills and make yourself a more valuable employee. The business world rewards self-starters, though the Jobs & Hire team cautions against getting cocky. “Be humble when learning new things or when improving upon the things that you already know,” write the authors, who also advise sharing knowledge with coworkers and striving to increase efficiency for everyone.
On a related note, a positive mental attitude will help boost the morale of the entire team and enable you to relieve tension in fraught moments. “Business can be complicated and stressful,” says Botanical PaperWorks president and co-founder Heidi Reimer-Epp, “but my best employees take it in stride, approach problems with the perspective of ‘let’s find the solution’ and use the resources around them to get things done well.”
The fifth characteristic outlined in the article is integrity. When you mess up, own up to it and take steps to ensure you don’t make the same mistakes again. A little honesty goes a long way.
Finally, there’s the old standby of leadership. If you want to work in a place where people show up on time and value productivity and courteousness (and really, who wouldn’t want to work in such a place?), you should begin by exhibiting those very skills and behaviors.