7 Tips for Success on the First Day of Your New Job as a Dental Assistant

7 Tips for Success on the First Day of Your New Job as a Dental Assistant

Give everyone a reason to sing your praises by doing these seven things before you even start your new job.

1). Find out as much as possible about your job responsibilities and the workload before your first day. Ask your employer what you need to know in order to excel on your first day, week, and month on the job. Ask what you can do to help the company before you start. Show persistent curiosity and enthusiasm for your upcoming job, and let it be known you’re a team player.

2). Identify your direct support and immediate teammates, and don’t be shy about reaching out to them to ask how your role impacts their daily lives. Knowing the chain of command and key players ahead of time is invaluable. Start making these important connections before day one.

3). Arrive on your first day armed with a set of specific goals you would like to achieve. Schedule a meeting with your boss sometime during your first week to review them and set more specific project and performance goals.

You were hired for a reason: The company expects you’ll do your job well. But being a great worker isn’t necessarily what will distinguish you from the pack. Hopefully, all team members at your new job are good at what they do. Your true value will be determined by your people smarts. People smarts place an emphasis on the subconscious ways we influence people and the social cues we can notice during face-to-face conversations. This starts with observing posture.

4). When you speak with co-workers, pay attention to their body language. If their body is turned away, they’re not interested in what you’re talking about. If they’re facing you, they’re interested. Folded arms or legs are defensive postures. Warm facial expressions and open hand gestures indicate engagement.

5). Take mental notes of whom the close talkers and distant folks are. The closer a person stands or sits to you, the more comfortable they feel with you.  When you need help with something on your first day, count the close talkers as your allies.

6). Practice being in the moment — when speaking with people, and it will yield invaluable non-verbal information. Devoting your full attention to your co-workers will only encourage them to reciprocate this courtesy. Always maintain good eye contact during conversations. Looking away shows you’re disinterested in or intimidated by the conversation, the person, or both. On the other hand, too much eye contact isn’t always a good thing. If a superior is maintaining prolonged silent eye contact with you, it might mean that he or she is displeased about something.

7). Calm your first-day jitters by not only thinking positively, but also talking positively. The benefits of positive thinking are well documented, but speaking with a positive spin is contagious and equally as healthy. Lower your stress level by adopting phrases or mantras you repeat to yourself when the going gets tough. Science has proven our thoughts and words directly affect neurochemicals that influence our mental, emotional, and physical health.

Now you have the full picture of how to prepare for success at your new job. This might seem like a lot to remember, but don’t let that worry you, and don’t be nervous on your first day. Keep in mind your company wants you to succeed in your new role. Good luck.

For more information about successfully landing your dream job or how to become a successful dental assistant in Texas, contact the Director of Dental Genius Assisting School, at DGASDirector@gmail.com.