How to Make a Great First Impression When Starting a New Job

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Starting a new job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Making a positive first impression is crucial, as it sets the tone for your future interactions with your employer and colleagues. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Dress appropriately: Make sure to dress according to the company’s dress code. If in doubt, it’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.
  2. Be punctual: Arrive on time for work and meetings. Punctuality demonstrates reliability and respect for your new role. Take into account bad weather and traffic when determining commute times.
  3. Be prepared: Familiarize yourself with the company, and your role before your first day. Bring any necessary documents or materials with you. Communicate with your new employer in a timely manner to demonstrate engagement and excitement to start your new role.
  4. Be positive: Show enthusiasm for your new role and eagerness to learn. A positive attitude goes a long way towards making a good impression.
  5. Actively listen: Pay attention during meetings and training sessions. Listen to your colleagues, take notes and wait for an appropriate time to ask questions and make suggestions.
  6. Be proactive: Take initiative in learning about your new role and responsibilities as well as company policies and procedures. Offer to help where you can and demonstrate your willingness to contribute to the team.
  7. Build relationships: Take the time to introduce yourself to your colleagues and try to remember their names. Approach interactions in a way that fosters inclusivity and values diversity.
  8. Seek feedback: Ask for feedback on your performance and how you can improve. Showing a willingness to learn and grow demonstrates your commitment to your new role.
  9. Maintain professionalism: Display professionalism in your interactions with coworkers, supervisors, and clients. Communicate respectfully, adhere to deadlines, and strive for excellence in your work. A professional demeanor fosters trust and credibility.
  10. Be mindful of not oversharing personal information or complaining.
  11. Ask Questions It’s important to ask questions when you’re unsure about something or to gain clarity. Always refer to procedure manuals and your notes first.
  12. Reduce distractions – personal texts, calls and video chats should be limited to break times in private spaces. Be mindful of your language and topics in the workplace.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can make a positive first impression and set yourself up for success in your new job.

 

Resources:

https://www.thehumancapitalhub.com/articles/15-dos-and-donts-for-starting-a-new-job

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/starting-new-job/dos-and-donts-of-a-new-job

https://www.ramseysolutions.com/career-advice/starting-a-new-job

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