So you’ve finally landed your dream job and you’re already making plans to impress your new boss. Clocking in a few minutes earlier, working overtime, digging your most professional clothes out of the back of your closet.
Your boss is the person with the greatest potential to improve your work life, since he has the most direct control over your day-to-day activities. But what can you do to show him what a smart, competent, and well, impressive, employee you are? Try these 5 proven ways to impress your new boss:
- Complete the tasks everyone forgets; The are little things in every workplace that everybody forgets or assume they’re not responsible of. I’m not saying you should be the one who cleans up the coffee station every morning, but you can clean and organize your own work area. If you have no paper on your desk, it doesn’t look like you’re working. But if you have no desk visible under all that paper, it doesn’t look like you’re working either. Make sure the stuff you have out is organized and usable.
- Come in early and leave late. I’m definitely not suggesting here to stay an extra 3 hours. In fact, don’t do that as it can actually make it look like you’re falling behind or not managing your time correctly. If you start 15 minutes earlier, you’ll definitely make your boss think you’re eager and excited to be at work and you’re not there just because ‘you have to be’.
- Dress up. You know the old saying, ‘Dress for the job you want, not the job you have’? Well, learn from it. Dressing well makes you look competent and professional. Wearing a suit that should have been thrown away years ago just give the impression that you don’t care. Invest in a longline navy trench coat, a grey suite and an office-approved handbag. This Biba trench coat from House of Fraser (courtesy of Fashionchick) is a timeless piece that you’ll cherish for years to come. Spendy, yes, but definitely worth the investment.
- Ask for critical feedback. The best thing to do is to schedule a meeting with your new boss, and ask for feedback once you’re settled in. Asking your manager to identify your areas for improvement forces him or her to take an inventory of your work as whole—including everything you’re getting right. Plus, if there’s something you’re doing wrong, you’ll know. And, the sooner you do, the sooner you can make a change.
- Take the initiative. If there is a new project, get involved. If you see something that needs doing, do it.
Pieces c/o Little Mistress, Paul’s Boutique, House of Fraser and Fashionchick UK