How to Present Myself When Meeting My New Boss


When a promotion, career change or transfer removes your current boss from his position, you'll need to quickly shift your focus toward meeting your new boss. The first impression your new boss has of you can set the tone for your future relationship with him. Everything from your personal appearance to the way that you speak may influence his decisions about you, so strive to present yourself in the very best way possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Resume
  • Update your resume so that you can present it to your new boss should that be appropriate. A new executive coming into a work situation may not have time to do research on all of the employees in the company, especially if it's a large setup.

  • Do some research. If your new boss is coming from within the company, other people will know him. Ask around to see if anyone can offer you some insight into his management style, temperament and work habits.

  • Contact your new boss's administrative assistant and identify yourself. Request an in-person meeting with your new boss and make an appointment.

  • Arrive at the appointment well-groomed and on time. Introduce yourself. Welcome your new boss to the company. Tell him about your role in the company and ask him any questions you may have about his expectations for you, such as goals and work hours.

  • Offer your assistance to him in a polite, but general, manner so that he knows he has your support. For instance, say "If I can help with anything, please let me know." If he doesn't pursue your offer to help him, leave it alone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Show enthusiasm when speaking to your new boss. This will help convince her that you are a dedicated, interested member of the team.
  • Do not compare your old boss to the new boss, especially not to her face. This can be insulting.
  • Remember, he is your new boss, so you should treat him with respect, no matter how you feel about the change.

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