Go on, be ecstatic … you deserve it! Getting hired is definitely an achievement. But after the celebration, it’s time to step back and plant your feet firmly on the ground and remind yourself that this is a new beginning and you have plenty to do.  Getting the job is half the battle … keeping it is the other half!

  1. Make a good first impression. Indeed, you have to! Since you’re the newest kid in town, all eyes will be on you on your first few weeks. Come to office on time or even earlier.  ubmit deliverables before the deadline.  Dress to impress – without the overkill, of course.  Whatever it is that you think might project you as a good employee, just do it. Be careful not to overdo anything, though.  You don’t want to look like you’re  trying too hard.
  2. Show them what you’ve got. Nothing’s wrong with it as long as you don’t look arrogant (already?). You’re new and it takes a little more effort to prove your worth. Volunteer whenever the chance arises. Help in tasks which you think you’re good at. Exhibit impressive performance and let the office notice your skills and expertise. Show them your determination.
  3. Be congenial. Try to get to know everyone in the office. Most of them are already friends with several, if not all of the employees. Unless you want to become the office wallflower, initiate conversations with your co-workers and go out with them once in a while. Your workmates will appreciate your efforts at reaching out and will most likely return the gesture.
  4. Don’t jump into any fires just yet. You’re the new kid on the block and you still have a lot to learn – including office dynamics.  It is prudent to steer clear of any controversial issues in the office at this point.  Adjusting to the new workplace can already cause enough stress; you don’t want to aggravate things by getting involved in any office gossip or drama.
  5. Don’t be Mr. or Miss Independent. It’s all right to ask questions; it’s almost expected when you’re new.  Rather than make blunders, don’t be afraid to ask for someone else’s help if you need it. If someone offers to help, accept it with grace.

Getting hired is a gift you must really be thankful for. Do what it takes to keep it. Starting a new job can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. Take heart and remember that not all people are as lucky as you to land a good job (especially in this economy).  Some have been waiting for years.  Be grateful and don’t let it slip away.