Getting a job, even for a trial period is no easy feat! However, once you do get the appointment letter, even if it is for a probationary period, you might be confused as to how to keep that job going steady so as to make a good impression on those around you in order to secure that job once and for all.
When it comes to starting a new job, a first impression means everything. Remember that your behavior in your first few days at work will mean everything for your supervisors as they will not be expected to keep track of your behavior and performance all month. Even though this, by no means implies that you should stop trying after the first week, it does mean that you will probably be judged during your first few days at work more than you will throughout the rest of your period unless you make some extraordinary progress.
Remember that when you enter your office during those first few days, you will be the newbie and something of an underdog. People would take more interest in you and may be more amicable towards you too. Take advantage of this and try and familiarize yourself with the goings-on and history of the company you are working in. This will show your superiors that you are not only interested in working but in working for the betterment and progress of the company thus making you a strong option for a permanent position.
Though hard-working an employee you may be, there will still be some mistakes that you will make. Here are the most common mistakes you can make and how to avoid them.
This is one mistake that will take you out the door. Sometimes you may anticipate work so much, you will neglect to pay attention to your supervisor. If this happens to you, be sure to not be defiant and keep a stiff stance, apologize and ask your superior to repeat themselves. This will have a good impression and your supervisor will be kinder than they would have been if you had botched the job completely.
Don’t even think you can slack off on your work especially when you are on probation. This will give the impression that you are just a 9-5 cruncher and will force your superior to consider other people as an option.
It is a little known fact that sometimes your supervisors will give vague instructions on purpose so that you may interpret them and ask questions. This reassures your supervisors that you are willing to work and bend in order to do the job efficiently. So be sure to ask questions and have good idea of what it is that your bosses are actually asking for before you embark on any sort of work. Even if you need to ask for the simplest of jobs, ask before you work so as not to botch the job up and ruin your reputation.
Tired of being just another employee? Never getting a chance to stand on that pedestal as the show light focuses on you. I get that. But fear not, for we have just the antidote right here…all of us, within ourselves. All you need are just a few pointers and a little polishing up here and there. What is leadership? A lot of people speak of leadership but exactly is it? What do leaders do which makes them leaders? Can we learn leadership? Following are some of the things which would help you in becoming the leader at your workplace.
Basically, humans are power-driven beings. We desire power, a higher place, money. We want to be the best. All this is what defines an antagonist. However, these aren’t to be associated with evil or something base. Yes, there is nothing wrong with desiring power or a higher place so long as your motives aren’t to cause others grief and your means to the achievement of that end are not wrong. So, clear your head and approach this as the optimist you are!
The traits you require for assuming leadership over your coworkers are as follows:
You need to own up to the things you do. Not only the good ones, but the bad ones too. Place it upon yourself! There’s nothing embarrassing about being wrong. It’s a part of getting where you want to be.
You need to push the envelope! Get out of your comfort zone, that can only get you so far. Let your coworkers know that you mean business.
Don’t think of it as a zero-sum game. Never be without hope. Failure is nothing but experience and one can never have enough experience. Being able to make a positive impact on your coworkers will bring you a lot closer to being the alpha.
Don’t just sit idle on your chair when your head is filled with ideas. Grab a pen and paper, write to your heart’s content and then bring it into action. Nobody will look up to you if you’re all talk and no show. You have to be confident in yourself.
Be open to criticism. Don’t view it as something reprehensible. Criticism can help improve you as a professional.
Don’t think about doing it all alone, you don’t have to; you don’t need to! Share your ideas, let them all out. When you’re done, your coworkers will pitch in. These new ideas are going to open up your mind to whole new possibilities.
Work ethics are a must; the fundamental rule for every workplace. Be nice, smile as if your life depends on it. Always be honest and never embarrassed. Above all, never panic! When the going gets tough, the tough don’t panic. They remain calm.