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How to make the most of your first 2 weeks in a new job

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You got the call. The job you’ve been prepping for is yours. You’re surprised; relieved; excited; nervous.

Remember: you were hired because the company had faith in you – but you still have to prove your stuff once you walk in those doors. And first impressions are everything.

Of course, every office is unique – some are laid-back, quiet, and introverted; you’ll feel like every breath or footstep shakes the room. Others are loud, energetic, and fun; you may even have to dodge a paper airplane or two.

But wherever you’ll be working, you won’t know what to expect until you get there. Here are a few tips to make sure you stand out — in the best way.

Be curious

Maybe you’re hoping to quietly slip into the group and shuffle into the break room, to keep to yourself. After all, when you’re the newbie in the office, those first few weeks might make you feel like it’s you under the loupes, not just the patients.

Play that to your advantage. Why not use that attention and spotlight to pick the brains of co-workers? You learn a lot about the practice during the interview process, but there’s no doubt that a million questions will spring to mind as the role becomes more and more hands-on.

Asking questions shows that you’re curious and eager to improve; you’ll make an impression on your teammates, because you’re not just another employee they have to train up.

Don’t hold back

There’s no limit to how many questions you can ask, but be intentional. You don’t want to ask the same questions over and over, and you definitely don’t want to ask something you could have solved with a quick Google Search.

The key is to ask questions that are thoughtful and show a willingness to learn about your new role – the last thing you want to do is make an error that could have easily been avoided with a little clarification.

Stay organized

It may seem obvious, but this might be the most important tip. You don’t want to end your first day with a desk resembling a garage sale. You want to appear put-together with a get-the-job-done attitude, so let your workspace reflect that; keep it simple and organized.

Another great way to stay organized? Take notes. Whether you’re keeping track of the questions you’ve already asked, or simply writing down the names of the other hygienists and assistants, writing down anything and everything will keep your mind fresh and free from feeling overwhelmed and at risk of a slipup.

Keep an eye on the culture

Whether you’re working for a large or small practice, your office probably established their culture long before you arrived.

And you never truly understand a company’s culture until you’re thrown into the deep end.

Are you meeting the dress code of your co-workers? How should you approach your boss, and how often? How do you balance getting to know the people behind the PPE, with staying on task?

You’ll most likely pick up on these cultural cues within the first few days – try to match them as closely as possible. There’s nothing worse than your first-day company culture clash becoming the talk of the office.

Of course, there are some things you can’t prepare for until you’ve entered the office. But these tips can help take some of the pressure off – and remind both you and your employer that you’re a perfect match for the role.

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