Guide and Tips When Starting a New Job
“First impressions last.” The statement holds true in so many instances, including your first day at a new job. You only have a short period of time to create a lasting impression the moment you step into your new work environment. It’s tricky since it directly impacts your relationship with your boss and colleagues. It also says a lot about you as a professional.
How to Make a Great Lasting First Impression
We all know how valuable first impressions are – that’s why during the job interview, you made sure that you looked professional, prepared your resumé, and did some research about the company.
Now that you’ve landed the new job, it’s time to create a good first impression on your first day at work. How? Here are some pointers to consider:
1. Dress professionally
One of the first things people will notice is what you’re wearing, and this tells them a thing or two about your personality. The dress code varies for every workplace, so before your first day, make sure to check the existing policy in your new company.
2. Be punctual
Punctuality is one great way to make a lasting first impression without doing too much. It also applies not only for new employees but for all professionals regardless of position, company, or industry. Coming to the office early for your new job shows professionalism and that you value your time at work.
3. Be mindful of your body language
Communication comes in many forms, one of which is the way you carry yourself and your mannerisms. Create a lasting impression by maintaining a good posture when standing or sitting down.
How hard is it to smile every now and then? Smiling at your colleagues when passing the hallway or when you greet them “good morning” spreads positivity at the office. Smile and allow your positive attitude and enthusiasm to come through at your new job.
5. Attend the orientation
As a new employee, you need to go to the orientation, so you will know more about the company policies and your responsibilities. Make sure to read the onboarding manual carefully and take notes so you will not miss anything important. Attending the orientation will greatly help you in getting up to speed at your new job. It also shows your interest and eagerness to know what you need to know about the company.
6. Listen and ask questions
You surely have a lot of questions about your new job and company, so when your boss, HR representative or colleague is talking, listen carefully. When you need help, don’t hesitate to ask questions. It is much better to clarify instructions about your tasks rather than trying to accomplish them without having a clear idea of how they should be done. Your boss and colleagues don’t expect you to know everything on your first day, so they will surely be willing to answer your questions.
7. Be appreciative
You will most likely need a lot of help on your first day. When your colleagues help you out, show your appreciation. Simply saying “thank you” is enough to let them know that you appreciate their efforts. You can also leave a note or send a thank you email. These simple gestures help a lot in creating a lasting impression at work.
8. Remember the names of your colleagues
You don’t need to know the names of all of your colleagues on your first few days at work, but make sure to learn and remember their names. When you meet a colleague, try to ask for his/her business card, and on your free time, write facts about that person at the back of the card. It will help you remember his/her name.
The same goes for when you meet your teammates for the first time. Once you’re back at your desk, jot down their names and roles in the team to make remembering their names easier.
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