If there is anyone that you need to worry about leaving a good impression, it’s your employer. Whether you work for a small company or a large company, your employers are looking for those people who stand out on the job – for people who show that they are dedicated. There are some ways that you can always, without fail, impress your employer. Here are some fail-proof ways to help you to stand out and to earn the recognition in your job that you know you deserve.
1. Be on Time Every Day
A fast way to show your employers that you’re not dedicated to your job is to be late. This means that you need to be on time for your job every day, without exception. If you live far away from work, make arrangements with public transportation or with a carpooling friend so that you can always get to work on time or early. If you want to really impress your employers, be early. Show up 15 minutes early to work every day and start working productively before your shift starts.
2. Dress for the Job You Want
Employers judge their employees through the clothes that they wear. If you show up every day in trousers and street clothes, you’re not going to impress. However, if you dress for the job you want, you’ll be sure to impress. Wear the clothes that you see your managers wearing. Dress as the professional that you want your employers to see in you.
3. Leave Your Baggage at Home
Everyone has bad days and bad years. Everyone goes through hard things from time to time. If you bring that to work with you, you show your employers that you’re not capable of working through the hard times, which reflects poorly on you as an employee. If you’re going through a hard time, leave your emotions at home and arrive at work as a completely different person and your employers will treat you like that person. If you arrive with your baggage, your managers will take note.
4. Learn on Your Own Time
While you’re working, your employers expect you to be focused on the assignments that they give to you. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get ahead of the game on your own time. If you have free time outside of work, learn how to use programs and skills that are vital to your workspace. For example, if your employer is a hospital, the administration will see you as a more valuable employee if you know how to use PACs. Or, they might find it important for you to learn how to code. If they see that you’re taking the time to learn valuable skills outside of the job, they will see you as a vital part of the company.
5. Be Transparent and Honest
Employers respect honesty in the workplace more than anything and they can often tell when there’s something off about a person. If you try to hide the fact that you were late one day, or that you’ve been slacking off on the job, your attitude will show them. Instead, if you make a mistake, be honest. Report that you’ve done something wrong and make them aware that you’re sorry. If you have a weakness, show them how you’re trying to improve it. While you’re at work, you should be as honest and transparent as possible by admitting when you’ve made a mistake. It takes courage and effort to admit when you’re wrong and your managers will notice that about you and reward you for it.
6. Use Your Time Wisely
When you are at work, be present at work. Work hard during your allotted time, and spend the rest of your free time doing things you love – like playing sports, watching movies, and spending time with your family. Mitt Romney was a very successful businessman before getting involved in politics. He was known for getting more done in less time than his peers. This was because he was one of the few workers at his financial firm that had a family to get home to. He worked as much time as was necessary, and during those hours, he worked diligently and efficiently. His peers worked more hours in an effort to appear more dedicated. However, they didn’t work as well as Romney did, and Mitt was quickly promoted through the ranks over his associates. If you give your all during your working hours, your employer will notice. Who knows, maybe they will consider you as their go-to person for opening up new businesses. That’s what happened with Mr. Romney, and it worked out pretty well for him.
If you want to make an impression on people, be impressive. Show people through your actions that you're working the extra time. Employers respect people who are dedicated, hard-working, and honest. If you can, don’t be afraid to be the last person working in the office at all times and never be the first one out of the doors.