Making a Good First Impression

Everyone that starts a brand new job wants to make a good impression on their bosses and coworkers. Doing so can be an intimidating task, but is not as hard as you might think! Here are some tips to help get you through that first day, week and month; using these can help ensure your beginning in a new role goes smoothly.

Take Initiative and Introduce Yourself

One of the first things you can do when you arrive is to introduce yourself kindly to your direct supervisor or any administrator who will be showing you to your desk, or taking you to your supervisor. When introducing yourself, gently remind them of who you are, what role you’ll be working in and shake their hand. If time seems to permit, ask them how their weekend was or ask them generally how they’re doing. Doing so will demonstrate politeness.

Later on, you can introduce yourself to other colleagues if the time is appropriate. Don’t leave your work to go introduce yourself to everyone else who is also focused on work – make sure you’re introducing yourself at a time that suits you and suits the colleague you are hoping to meet.

Use the Correct Workplace Etiquette

Another tip is to mirror the workplace etiquette. You can start discerning the etiquette upon arrival; look for clues such as how loud the workplace is, what are employees wearing, are people working in teams or individually, just as a few examples. Once you have discerned the workplace etiquette, start to mirror it. This means that if people are generally quiet, you should remain generally quiet in order to respect others trying to focus. Try to mirror outfits as well – if everyone at work is dressed in business casual, you should be as well.

Own up to Any Mistakes

A third and final tip is to own up to any mistakes. During your first few days and even weeks, it is likely you will make a few as you adjust to the new routine, new software and new ways of operating. The key here is just to be honest; when you make a mistake you should apologize, listen to any advice the supervisor has to offer you and commit to not doing it again. This is a much better response than making any sort of excuse. Making the mistake and knowing how to fix it for next time will help you to become more autonomous in your workplace.

Using these tips we hope that your first few days on the new job will be much less stressful. Remember, they hired you for a reason; it’s likely you’ve already made a first good impression. But following these tips can allow you to even better present yourself – try your best to introduce yourself, discern and mirror the workplace etiquette and own up to your own errors.

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