How to Impress Your Boss at Work

Employers seek employees who can effectively deliver within their job description. You are lucky if you have a job that is in line with your passion and interest; however, some may have jobs they don’t necessarily enjoy. The important thing to remember is that whatever job you have, you need to make an impression that you are efficient and enjoying the job. The more you impress your boss, the greater your chances for promotion and advancement.

  • Always be 10 minutes early, since it is always better to be early than late. Remember that you are dealing with professionals. Even if it’s a struggle for you to wake up in the morning, don’t give your employer an excuse to fire you because of frequent tardiness.

  • Pack your lunch. This will benefit you in two ways. First, a packed lunch is far less expensive than dining out. Second, employers will see you are practical and conscious of money.
  • Carry a notebook. During meetings you can write down points about the discussions. This will make an impression on your boss that you are listening. Make sure to use it where your boss sees you.
  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Do not promise you can deliver on a task at a required time if you really can’t. Instead, say you will do your best and finish the task as soon as you can.
  • Do your best. In every task you should do your very best. This will let your boss know you are serious about the job and that she made the right choice in hiring you. Your bosses know you can’t do all things, but it’s good to know you are trying. This is why employers hold in high regard attitude more than qualifications.
  • Avoid complaining. You might feel tired and exhausted from your work responsibilities, but keep that to yourself. You wouldn’t want your boss to hear you talking about such feelings. Bear in mind that if you are new to the company, complaining won’t do you any good. Little complaints from employees who have worked longer than you are tolerable, but complaining early on will indicate you are unprofessional.
  • Keep opinions limited. If you are asked to offer an opinion, then you can voice it—but if not, keep quiet. Keep your opinions to yourself. If you’re a newbie, your opinions are better kept to yourself unless your boss asks for them.
  • Keep your downtime to a minimum. Your employer is paying you to do a job, not surf the Internet or use your cell phone incessantly. Work when it’s work time.

Filed Under: Work & Careers


About the Author: Vanessa Page works a career counselor in one of the leading firms in Los Angeles. She is also a blogger and gives tips on how people can tackle their work and career issues. She has 8 years of experience in this field.

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