If you’re starting a new job, a good first impression with your superior and other employees is crucial. Use your first day to set the ground rules and create a positive image of yourself that will be a key factor to your future business success.
Here are some tips for leaving a good, lasting impression with your new employer.
1. Show initiative
Call your new boss few days before your start date and ask him some practical questions. Is there anything you should bring or take care of before coming to work? Should you prepare yourself for some particular task or assignment? That will show that you are enthusiastic about starting your work right away and that you are taking your new job seriously. Employers love that!
2. Arrive early
Impress your boss by arriving at least 15 minutes early to your new job. Not only will your superior take notice, but you’ll also get the chance to meet and greet your coworkers before the day gets started. Punctuality says a lot about a person. Showing up late the first day will cause your boss to question your dependability and make him/her doubt if you the right person for this position.
3. Take notes
On your first day at work your boss or co-worker will dispense valuable details about your position. Don’t hesitate to take notes! The studious approach can speed up your learning process and keep you from having to ask to repeat the directions only hours later, which can make you look inattentive. Names and positions are probably the most important notes to take so don’t forget to write them down too.
4. Be proactive
Don’t wait until your boss tells you what to do, offer your assistance. Instead of waiting for an assignment to come to you, ask your coworkers if there is any way you can help them with what they are doing. Not only will you show your boss that you are a team player, but you will also make quick friends and pick up a few favors in the process.
5. Use the 80/20 rule
Spend 80 percent of the day listening and paying attention and only 20 percent of the day speaking and responding. Be a good listener, take notice of what your coworkers and employer are telling you about your new position, don’t provide your opinions straight away or act like you already know it all. There will be plenty of new opportunities to show your skills and capabilities and express your views in the long run.
6. Be confident
Show that you are engaged, positive, open to suggestions, happy to contribute, proactive and mostly cheerful. Avoid nervous gestures, twiddling your thumbs or bouncing your legs – visible signs that you are not feeling comfortable at your new position. Rule of thumb: act like you already belong there and in a matter of weeks you will.
7. Dress the part
Impress your boss by dressing in a professional wardrobe. Remember that you’re not dressing to attract attention at a bar – you’re dressing to underscore your professionalism and competence. You want to give the impression that you’re pleased to be at work and that you take it seriously.