Starting a new job can be exciting, confronting and scary all at the same time. There are so many factors to consider, including a new environment, new roles, new colleagues and – perhaps the toughest of all – a new boss. However, no matter how tough they are, people can always be impressed. The way in which this can be done may depend on your role or the industry in which you are working. There are many different ways to impress your new boss, so read on if you think you need some extra help or ideas.
1. Be Proactive
When you first start your new job, you will probably be shown everything you need to know but perhaps not necessarily everything you should know. There may be some things that can only be learned through experience and little nuances that only your boss knows. Be proactive in your work and your actions and you will pick up these nuances faster than you would if you just followed your orders.
2. Ask Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if they seem stupid to you. Being inquisitive means you are an active learner and it also shows you are willing to learn new things. Ask for feedback as well – and take it on board. If you show you can take this feedback and learn from it, your boss should be suitably impressed.
3. Find Solutions
After you have settled into your job, you might see that there are some problems that need fixing. Approach your boss or your manager with your concerns, as well as a range of solutions you think might work for these issues. Bring up your suggestions politely and you will find that your boss will appreciate your initiative.
4. Be Innovative
Bring new ideas to the table and you will be duly rewarded. You might have the fresh perspective your new organisation needs, so don’t be afraid to step out of the box and put forward your take on the situation.
There is always more you can learn and some of this might not be included in the training you receive while you carry out your daily duties. If you feel like you need to be more skilled to carry out your job, take the initiative to ask for opportunities to upskill. Do some research before you ask by checking out the websites of educational institutes such as Evocca College (www.evocca.edu.au/). If you can explain what skills you need to improve yourself, how you can attain them and how they will benefit the company, your boss will not only be impressed; he or she will also be more likely to agree.
These are just some ways to impress your boss. There are many other methods and strategies you can use, so don’t go in on your first day with a definite plan. Get a feel for your surroundings and tailor your approach appropriately. Good luck!
What do you do to impress your boss when you start a new job? Do you change strategies for different roles and jobs? If so, why? If you are a manager, what are some examples of when an employee has impressed you? Leave your comments and thoughts down below.