1-4 of 4All Advice
Big First Project
In your first couple of months on the job, preferably sooner than later, do one big project that goes above and beyond what is expected. The project should be something that will last and you can be directly credited for. Make sure your boss is aware of the project and this will give you a great first impression as well as boost your confidence from the positive feedback you receive.
Keep it brief
It's nerve racking enough to go before your employer and ask for a raise. Keep your request short and simple as possible. Look them in the eyes, confidently state your qualifications and what you expect for pay, Then be silent and let them speak.
Bad First Impressions
3rd day on the job: I attended a general info session for new employees in which our new and old president spoke about the company and corporation. After moving in the previous weekend, driving 2300 miles, loading and unloading a 53 ft. truck full of stuff, my first week of work followed. well... I fell asleep in the company's general info session - a friend in HR bugs me about it all of the time, but I put it in the past and belive that my performance on the job is more important than attention during a general "boilerplate" presentation... I regret doing it, but it's too late... Lesson Learned - Give yourself plenty of time to relocate and be well-rested be for your first day/week on the job.
1-4 of 4