10 tips to help You Make a great first impression your first few days on the job.
So you go that dream job? The impact of first impressions cannot be overemphasized. First impressions about people often turn into long-term perceptions and reputations, which could be positive or negative. Although it is important to take note of how one will be perceived, always remember that employers don’t expect you to knock their socks off in those first few weeks and there is often an unofficial grace period while you settle into your job.
Tip #1: Have a Positive Attitude and smile
Nothing works better — in all situations — than having and expressing a positive attitude. Let your enthusiasm for being part of the team and the organization show to everyone you interact with. Smile graciously and genuinely; this can quickly endear you to your new colleagues.
Tip #2: Dress professionally and appropriately
You should never underestimate the importance of dressing professionally in your new job. And in the beginning, even if your department has casual days, you should dress professionally because you never know when you’ll be called out to meet a top manager or key client. Dress how you want to be addressed.
Tip #3: Show Your Team Spirit
You are now part of a work team, and teams work together to solve problems and get the job done. Show loyalty to your co-workers and focus more — initially at least — on sharing any recognition you get with the team. Always give credit to the team.
Tip #4: Learn Co-Workers’ Names
No one expects you to have everyone’s name down by the end of the first day or week, but certainly, as soon as possible, learn the names of every member of your team. And if you are in a situation in which you forget a person’s name, the best solution is simply to apologize and ask the person’s name again.
Tip #5: Ask Questions and do not be ashamed to ask for help
No one expects you to solve all the organization’s problems on your first days on the job — nor that you know everything — so, relax a bit, and always ask questions or ask for help when you need it. Remember that it’s better to ask for support rather than completing a task incorrectly.
Tip #6: Take Notes
Unless you have a photographic memory do take notes during the various training on systems, policies and procedures. Nothing is quite as annoying as someone repeatedly asking how something works; such behavior shows a lack of attention to detail.
Tip #7: Be a Self-Starter; Take Initiative
In most situations, in your first days on the job, you will be given small doses of work to get your feet wet. As you finish assignments and are ready to handle a bigger workload, take the initiative and ask for more assignments. Whatever you do, don’t just sit around waiting for your next project.
Tip #8: Be on time.
Be on time, come in early, stay a little later if possible. There’s nothing that can affect your reputation faster than routinely coming into work late or leaving work early. Especially in these first days/weeks on the job, be sure you get to work early and leave no earlier than the majority of your co-workers leave. Once you have established yourself this can change, but in the beginning be totally dedicated to being on time and picking up as much as you possibly can.
Tip #9: Listen More than Talk
Listen! Don’t act like a know-it-all right off the bat. It is better to listen then talk. If you have a legitimate contribution, make it, but if not, do more listening and absorbing in those first days on the job.
Tip #10: Show Appreciation
Nothing works like kindness and genuine appreciation. Show your appreciation to everyone who helps you during your first days on the job from colleagues to support services like IT and HR, no one should be exempt from your gratitude.