Like the first day of school, the first few days of a new job can be absolutely nerve-racking. Among the butterflies of a new job, like what to wear or where to park, making a good impression probably tops the list of anxieties. Colleagues' opinions are often set early and can greatly impact your achievements at work. So, how can you set yourself up for success on day one? Here are four tips on how to make a good impression in a new job from four successful women.
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1. Be curious It's not enough to come early, stay late, dress nice, and act polite, says Kat Cole, Cinnabon president. "You don't stand out if you do that," she explains. "You do stand out if you're naturally curious, respectfully curious." She advises to ask questions and inquire why things are done a certain way.
2. Eye contact, a smile, and a good handshake "Brave" producer Katherine Sarafian explains that it seems so simple, but not enough people do it. "It's so easy to connect with people -- a little physical, a little eye, and a little voice," she says.
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3. Understand expectations Retired Four-Star Army General Ann Dunwoody says to let people know who you are and what your expectations are. Of course, it's also important to understand the expectations of your boss. Ann explains, "So there's no mistake in what your duties are going to be and what your success looks like for you in order to fulfill your boss' mission."
4. It's not about you On the first day of a new job, it's simply not about you. Mary Ellen O'Toole, an FBI profiler, says it's about the other people at the job and eventually, it will come back and be about you. She advises not to arrogantly walk into a new job, feeling entitled. "People don't like that," she explains, "and you are not going to have the opportunities that you wish you did 25 years down the road."
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