Settling into your New Job and Building Credibility

You've landed that job. Congratulations! Here's how to get off to a great start.

First, don't ignore the power of first impressions. Make sure you know where to go and when to arrive. It's a good idea to give yourself a little extra time. Also ask your supervisor or human resources associate about the dress code. Professional dress matters as you'll be meeting several new people on your first day.

Second, don't be afraid to ask questions. You'll take in a lot over the first several weeks and you aren't expected to know it all right away. Take notes. Ask intelligent questions. And admit when you don't know something. It's better to ask than to mess something up. But mistakes are okay, too. If you do make a mistake, tell your supervisor. Be sure to include what you learned from your error and how you plan to avoid future mistakes.

Finally, do what you say you'll do. Yes, sometimes we forget to follow up. But if you do it consistently, even on the small stuff, you'll earn a reputation as someone who can't be trusted. Sometimes a to-do list is all you need to remember your obligations.