Starting a new job can be stressful, but it’s critical that new employees put aside the jitters and make the right impression from the first day
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
Starting a new job can be stressful, but it’s critical that new employees put aside the jitters and make the right impression from the first day, says David Kiger, CEO and founder of Worldwide Express, a Dallas-based global packaging and freight shipping firm.
Kiger offered some thoughts on five key strategies for becoming an indispensable resource when you start a new job. Dependability, work ethic and good teamwork are three ways to cement your reputation early in your career, he said.
“The world needs more dependable workers,” said Kiger, whose company has been recognized for its effective training programs. “In my experience, those who take on extra work, volunteer for responsibilities and constantly seek new challenges quickly distinguish themselves from the pack. Eventually, they are the ones who emerge as leaders.”
The Worldwide Express CEO offered these five strategies:
1. Know when to keep your mouth shut. First and foremost, stay out of the office gossip. It is crucial to becoming a dependable employee. It can get tricky if your boss is someone who likes to talk about your peers, and turns to you for venting purposes. The boss may feel like this is a sort of bonding moment, and that you can be trusted with sensitive information. So there’s a potentially good element there. But two steps are essential: You must keep those conversations to yourself, and you shouldn’t sell out your peers for your own personal gain. Be smart, responsible and respectful of your co-workers. Trashing them behind their backs likely won’t get you anywhere.
2. Be flexible. Depending on your office structure and the boss’ schedule, you may need to occasionally put in odd or additional hours. As long as this doesn’t require that you move your wedding day, suck it up and get it done. A boss will remember those who willingly showed up on a Saturday to help out on a special project, as opposed to those who came up with an excuse to skip it.
3. Ask if the boss needs help. Seems like an obvious idea, but think about it. If you see your supervisors in full-on, stressed-to-the-max mode, there are two things to keep in mind. First, don’t bother them with less important matters, because that will only make their day worse. But ask if there’s something you can take off their hands. Not super-important and sensitive material, but there could be a trivial task that they need to hand off. That shows initiative, which could help you advance down the line.
4. Look the part. If guests are in the office and the supervisor brings them by your desk, your appearance matters. So dress appropriately. And make your desk as presentable as possible. No food wrappers or Styrofoam cup pyramids. Clear the clutter, and give your area a good cleaning once a month.
5. No whining. This is beyond essential. So many people in the workforce have forgotten that childhood lesson, and they whine about each assignment that comes their way. Take on a new task? Come in on a Saturday? Help out while someone’s out sick or on vacation? If your reaction sounds like a 6-year-old whining about bedtime, that’s how your supervisor will see you. And the dependable one who eagerly takes on new things will rise through the ranks faster than the 6-year-old.
“Prior to starting a new job, take the time and initiative to outline your own transition as well as your new role,” Kiger said. “Soon, you’ll be sketching out new goals and planning the next step in your career.”
For more information, please contact Sarah Dunn at 972-850-5862 or via email at sdunn(at)ideagrove(dot)com.
About Worldwide Express
Worldwide Express is a global logistics company based in Dallas that has handled millions of package and freight shipments for more than 30,000 small to midsize businesses. With more than 150 franchises across the country, Worldwide Express is one of the largest authorized resellers of express shipping for UPS®, as well as a trusted freight partner to more than 55 carriers. To learn more, visit http://www.wwex.com.