Want to stand out in your new job and make a great first impression? Try these fun and effective tips:
- What are you good at? Highlight your strengths! Become the “go-to” person for one thing at your workplace.
- Ask how the staff performs certain procedures and try doing them their way (like taping in a catheter, setting up vaccines, etc.).
- Say “thank you” on a regular basis.
- Perform public outreach to help advertise your workplace (such as teaching basic grooming or first aid).
- Learn something new that your workplace doesn’t currently offer so that you can provide it (like learning a new diagnostic technique or surgery).
- Every now and then, clean a kennel or take out the trash. Be proactive even with the most menial tasks.
- Learn the name of the pets of everyone at your workplace.
- Take on the responsibility of handling posts on social media.
- Take the one thing that makes you nervous and learn about it so you may be more confident.
- Take a half hour each day to learn something new. A reputation for a willingness to try new things or tackle challenges is a great one to have!
- Take time out for yourself each day to do whatever makes you happy. Finding a work-life satisfaction that works for you is vital.
- For ambulatory work, make sure the truck is gassed up, clean and ready to go for the next day.
- Do something nice for a co-worker once a month. Whether it’s lunch on you, a small gift card or formal recognition, it can really make a difference.
- Offer a time to help co-workers develop their skills on a slow day.
- Celebrate work milestones and little victories.
- Host fun learning opportunities like a tough-word spelling bee.
- To connect clients to your clinic, learn their name and a small fact, know if their pet is male or female, and shake their hand and introduce yourself with confidence and sincerity.
- Send text message updates for ill or boarding pets. Pictures are a great touch!
- Learn more about the other veterinarians at your workplace and see if you have a shared interest you could pursue together.
And most importantly, be yourself and have fun!
Prepared by the Early Career Development Committee, February 2014
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