5 Ways to Help Make a Good Impression in Your First 30 Days on the Job

Whenever you start a new job, making a good impression at work should be one of your top priorities. First impressions are lasting, and what your co-workers and managers see from you in your first month can affect their perception of you for a long time to come. Luckily, learning how to make a good first impression at work isn't rocket science. Just be yourself, be professional, and keep the following five tips in mind as you tackle your first 30 days on the job.


1. Get to know your co-workers.

Making the effort to become acquainted with your co-workers is a great way to show that you're friendly and approachable. Start by introducing yourself, and don't forget to make a point of remembering your co-workers' names. From there, follow these fun and easy tips to get to know your new workmates.


2. Complete all of your onboarding tasks.

Most companies have a set of onboarding tasks they ask new hires to complete. For example, new employees at AmTrust Financial participate in a multimedia resources training program known as AmTrust Connect, which allows them to set up their 401(k), their health insurance plan and their life insurance plan. Completing your onboarding program quickly is a good way to show your enthusiasm for your new job.


3. Ask questions.

You're not expected to know everything on your first day, but your co-workers and your manager will want to see that you care about your position and are eager to get on the right track. Asking introductory questions and asking for help when you need it is a great way to demonstrate initiative and keep from making major mistakes.


4. Set realistic short-term and long-term goals.

Having a clear set of short- and long-term goals over your first 30 days in a new job will keep you focused and motivated. Create a realistic plan for reaching the goals that your employer has set out for you and, once again, don't be afraid to ask if you need some clarification about what those goals should look like.


5. Schedule introductory meetings.

A great way to get familiar with the people you work with and to develop realistic, targeted goals is to set up introductory meetings with your manager and your co-workers. You'll be given important information about your role, and you might also have the chance to set up recurring meetings and check-ins to help keep you pointed in the right direction.

Ultimately, the best tip for how to make a good impression at a new job is to put in the effort and time that is expected of you. Don't ignore your co-workers, don't let important tasks slide, and don't be afraid to ask for clarification when you need it. Keep a positive attitude and use our suggestions above to show that you're taking your new job seriously, and you'll have no trouble making a good first impression at work.

This material is for informational purposes only and is not legal or business advice. Neither AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. nor any of its subsidiaries or affiliates represents or warrants that the information contained herein is appropriate or suitable for any specific business or legal purpose. Readers seeking resolution of specific questions should consult their business and/or legal advisors.
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