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How to Stand Out Your First Few Days on the Job

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Mar 15, 2016

Excited stafferWhen it’s your first day on the job, it’s easy to feel like you’re the least experienced person on the team, and maybe you are. First off, it’s important to keep in mind that you *are* qualified – they wouldn’t have hired you otherwise. Second, there are some things you can do to lose your “newbie” status quickly; here are three tips from The Daily Muse on how:

Give yourself more time. Whether it’s showing up to a meeting 10 minutes early or staying 10 minutes later to give yourself a little boost for the next day, giving yourself more time to play catch up if needed will mean it doesn’t cut into your teammates’ time, and you’ll come off looking better for it.

Ask the right questions. As you’re new, people will expect you to ask questions, and asking the right ones will make you sound both smarter and more driven. Asking clarifying questions when you’re unsure shows you’re proactive, and not wasting time trying to figure out how to do something you could just ask about will be appreciated all around.

Be available. This doesn’t mean you should be answering your work emails at 2 a.m.; rather, that you should expect to work longer hours than the norm for your first few weeks on the job. Also, if you can volunteer for a task that sounds like something you could do, volunteer!