When starting a new job, it’s important to make a good first impression with your new manager and colleagues. First impressions can last forever so you want to make sure that you make a good one. Here are seven tips to help you ace your first day on the job and leave a great lasting impression.
Agree upon a start time with your new manager prior to your first day and then show up 15 minutes before that time. Any earlier than that may throw off the routine of your new colleagues who weren’t yet expecting you but arriving early shows your dedication to your new workplace.
Dress for the Job
Have a sense of the workplace dress code and culture before your first day and make sure you dress appropriately. Keeping your personal style intact, blend it with the workplace dress code so that you easily fit in to your new environment. Professional, smart and polished should be the goal.
Mix and Mingle
Make a point to introduce yourself to others. Showing an interest in getting to know your colleagues shows that you are ready to be a team player. If you’re invited out for lunch, GO!
Listen, observe and be friendly with everyone you meet. Absorb what everyone else is saying to you as best you can and avoid sharing your own opinions — just yet anyway.
It’s great to express yourself but in a new workplace it is best to blend in before trying to stand out. Your characteristics and personality will naturally show over time, but keep them in check at the start.
When you’re assigned a task, ask questions to clarify everything you need to know in order to get the job done properly. It shows that you’re attentive and thorough.
Relax and Smile
Be positive and friendly with everyone you meet. It can be overwhelming to meet so many new people in one day. You will eventually learn everyone’s name and it’s okay to ask someone for their name again after your first day.