The first day of a new job can be very nerve wracking for anyone. You may feel a little insecure, out of place or clueless as to why you’re there and what you’re supposed to do. This is completely normal. Most people want desperately to make a great impression on their boss and their new co-workers, to make extra sure that their position in the company is secured.

Complimenting your boss’ outfit, bragging about your G.P.A in college and all the things that you think you know how to do is NOT the way to go. It may seem that these little details will impress, but they will immediately stand out as forced, fake and immature.

Although this may sound cliché, the best thing you can do is to be yourself. Most companies hire hundreds of people every year, and standing out from the crowd isn’t easy. Being authentic and honest are definite ways to start on the right foot at a new job, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re noticed by your boss.

Always be on time. Being on time means being 10 minutes early to everything. If you’re late on the first day, it sends out the message that you just didn’t care enough to show up on time. Make sure you do your research on the company that’s hired you, know your bosses name, what the company does, what you’re hired to do and a few of the great achievements that it’s had over the years. Don’t be scared to share your ideas and participate in meetings if that is expected of you. Being the new kid doesn’t mean you’re the silent kid, and coming in with fresh ideas is a great way to let others know that you’ve in the game.