First Impressions February 15th, 2007
You do have something to prove if you're the new kid on the block, says Money Magazine senior editor Sam Grobart.
“You have a critical window of opportunity when you start a new position (to make a good first impression); botch it and you can wind up paying (in loss of effectiveness, resentful co-workers and no lunch buddies) for months, maybe years,” Grobart writes.
To make the best first impressions, Grobart offers four rules to work by:
Tone down the star quality. Resist the impulse to share all of your ideas immediately, which may alienate others.
Don't be Mr. or Ms. Personality. Be pleasant and polite, but don't make job or spout off at meetings. “Gregariousness in a newcomer can be off-putting.”
Get the inside scoop. By learning the workplace culture and all of your colleagues' idiosyncrasies.
Give them something to talk about. Determine who the influential people are and find a reason to work with them. Get on their good side, and you may find that a whole lot more people have started to warm to your presence.
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