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Simple Ways to Make a Good Impression on a New Job

Updated on October 6, 2013

Top Signs You are On the Bubble

  • You are told you can leave early or not work on a certain day
  • Assignments are taken away from you and given to someone else
  • Your supervisor assigns someone else to manage you
  • Someone who was hired after you is already promoted to more responsibility
  • You are called into meetings about your work performance on a daily basis
  • You aren't chosen for choice assignments or allowed to work offsite
  • You experience cuts to your either your hours, benefits, or responsibilities
  • You are left out of key decisions and knowledge

Avoid the Bubble

We have a phrase in my line of work when we are evaluating current employees and it is "on the bubble." If you just started working with us, you definitely don't want to be "on the bubble." To be so means that you are basically a few mistakes away from being out the door and back in the unemployment line.

First impressions are everything on a new job. This fact can be good or bad, depending on what you do in your first days to seal your faith. It is vital to start off with the creation of a good impression. If you don't, the memories of that initial bad impression will cloud your supervisor's feelings concerning you and your work. It is almost impossible to overcome an initial bad impression.

You want to shape and mold a good impression in the minds of your immediate supervisors to avoid the "bubble" and have your co-workers think of you as vital and irreplaceable employee.


The First Days

Here are a list of must do's on your first days on a new job, to both avoid the bubble and gain more job security:

  • Do Show Up on Time ~ no excuses for being late when you have just started a new job;
  • Do Work the Required Hours ~ don't ask to leave early, don't make excuses about personal obligations or about having more important things to do;
  • Do Have a Positive Attitude ~ Don't complain about your wages or benefits ~ that should have been discussed during your job interview and hiring process to complain after the fact is beyond tacky;
  • Do Dress Appropriately;
  • Do Stay on Task.

Never during your first month of work:

  • Do the Dreaded No Call No Show
  • Challenge Established Rules and Procedures
  • Be all Talk and No Action
  • Let Down Fellow Co-Workers
  • Make Your Own Hours
  • Ask for a Raise
  • Ask for a Vacation
  • Call in Sick

How fast have you ever been fired from a job (against your will)?

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It is a very competitive job market, especially in bad economic times. This situation means that you have to prove yourself and your worth and earn your place at your new job. In the eyes of your employer, you are not special. You are just another one out of hundreds who have asked for a job. You have been given an opportunity, so don't blow it.

Simple things like coming in on time and showing you are responsible and can be depended upon to come to work each day are important for getting your supervisor to stop looking for your faults and start to look for your worth.

You would be surprised to learn how many people are not trained on how to conduct themselves on a new job. They come into work late, don't bother to show up for that important assignment, let down a co-worker by not following through on an obligation, and call in sick all the time. By doing the opposite, you will stand out as someone who could become a valuable member of the team.

Communication is the Key

Always do the following, no matter how long you have worked somewhere:

  • Show up on time, call if you have to be late
  • Answer emails and phone calls from your supervisor
  • Follow through on assignments and commitments
  • Provide plenty of notice if you are going to need time off
  • Offer constructive suggestions instead of criticizing and stalling a project's completion
  • Be truthful and honest on time sheets, work performance reports
  • Offer help to others instead of taking advantage

Final Words

When you first come on a new job and into a new workplace, it can be hard to determine the power dynamics exactly correct. You might not initially know actually who has the most power and influence over if you are able to stay on the job. It might not been your immediate supervisor. It might be someone else in the office whom the Boss is asking about you work.

You want to be careful not to get off on the wrong foot with the wrong person. As a result, you need to conduct yourself in the same manner of responsibility and decorum whether or not your immediate supervisor is in the room. It can be very hard or even impossible for you to overcome a bad impression that has been formulated by the one person that the Boss listens to and trusts more than anyone.

© 2013 truthfornow


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    • mylindaelliott profile image

      mylindaelliott 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Good hub. people for get or just don't know all the little things that help you keep your job and progress at it.

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      Rebecca Furtado 4 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Great hub, most of it seems obvious , but a lot of younger people do not understand the concept you are paid to be there. You need to leave your personal life and it's time constraints at the door. Someday their will be a time when you absolutely can not be there , but it should ideally not happen the first ninety days.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have never heard of the term "on the bubble", so it is interesting to hear about it (and a great way to introduce your topic).

      I'm pretty good about making a good first impression, but it's good to keep these points in mind. I am moving in a week, and will be transferring to a store over there. I am not new to the company, but I will be new to those people, so it is important to make a good impression. I am only a part-timer, so how well I do determines how many hours I receive (at least in part).

      I like the capsule "Top Signs You Are On The Bubble". It would be helpful for some people to read that, because it may not be obvious to them.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, its amazing. These are things that shouldn't have to be brought up. It was always common sense, but I guess now, anything goes.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      This is a very interesting and useful hub as it is so important to make a good impression in a new job. Nowadays, it is not easy to get a new job and keep it. Thanks for sharing this.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Picking pineapple sounds like a lot of work. The boys at my high school used to get jobs picking watermelon during the summer.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I work for a darn good!

      These are great tips, and reading them compelled me to wax nostalgic for the good old days when I worked for $1.40 an hour picking pineapple. Ah, to be young again!

      Great job, TFN!



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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thank you Faith Reaper. And I think it is more relative to today @billybuc. For some reason, most people I hire act like they have never had a job before.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It''s an interesting subject, one that seems to be more relative to today's world than it was when I was in my teens. I was raised to work my butt off and never give a boss a reason to fire me....and I never was. I have always tried to find positives in every job and the number one positive was that I had a job when others were not as fortunate.

      Anyway, I went off on a ramble. Good suggestions.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent hub here providing much insight as to making that good impression on a new job! This hub should be read by all, whether starting a new job or not.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper