7 Ways To Impress Your Boss At Your First Job

So, you made it through the shark-infested pool that is the job market. You nailed the interview, and now you have your first job. Nervous? With these tips, you don’t have to be. These are simple things to keep in mind to make sure you absolutely slay your first day, first week, first year and beyond. Make sure your boss knows you’re willing to work, be punctual, and absolutely factor in happy hours. No sweat!

1. Ask questions

Make your employer and supervisors aware that you’re willing to learn everything, and quickly. Asking questions is the easiest way to stay engaged with your new job and make sure you reduce the time you spend learning how the company functions and what you’re actually going to be expected to do. Make a list of questions to ask on your first day and make sure you and your boss see eye to eye about your responsibilities.

2. Arrive early and leave late

A big no-no at any job is arriving late and leaving before you’re supposed to, but when you’re a new hire, you have to go the extra mile to impress your boss. Come in early and be the one who greets co-workers and your boss when they walk in, and make sure your boss knows you’re willing to stay late to make sure the work is done and there’s nothing else he needs from you that day. Be the person your boss depends on.

3. Offer to help other people with their work

If you can take the time, ask anyone if they need help or assistance with anything. They’ll probably decline (you are new, after all) but they’ll also register that you’re not averse to working outside your comfort zone. And if they say yes, you can use that little bit of knowledge to learn more about the company.

4. Take notes and use that knowledge

Whatever you learn, write it down. Brushing up on company policy or habits will only make your work life and your job itself easier to manage. And it’ll keep you from asking people to repeat instructions multiple times, which will make you look like you don’t know what you’re doing. Just like when you were in school, keeping notes are an indispensable way to keep your job performance going smoothly. Except unlike in college, make sure these notes stay legible. You won’t be able to borrow your roommate’s.

5. Learn how other departments function

And take opportunities to work within those other departments. Gaining good knowledge of how departments work with each other will prep you for a management role in the future, and your boss is definitely likely to notice if you take work that’s not strictly within your job description. It’ll show that you’re flexible and willing to work, even if it means working extra.

6. Meet with your boss

Ask your boss if he has time to sit down with you once a week, even if it’s ten minutes over a coffee break. Touch base about your job performance and ask if he has any notes about how you’ve been doing. Your boss will see that you’re eager to do your job well and to please him, and you’ll also gain some valuable knowledge about what your boss expects from you. It will also give you a chance to become more familiar with this often-formidable figure.

7. Network with your co-workers

And by “network,” I really mean happy hour. Forging alliances and making friends in work has many, many residual benefits: you’ll be able to count on some of these people for other job opportunities or promotions, and as an added bonus, you’ll create a network of friends you can chill with after hours, people with whom you can bash your boss! Priceless.

About The Author
Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.