Top Tips: How to Make a Good First Impression in a New Job

Rebekah Valero-Lee Candidate Advice


There’s no denying that new co-workers and colleagues form perceptions about the ‘type’ of person you are based on initial impressions – its human nature. However, these snap judgements can turn into long-term perceptions that may impact your career trajectory and ultimately, your success at a company. This is all good and well for those who instantly make a positive impression but for the rest of the not so friendly population, it can come back to haunt you. So, here’s our top tips on how to make a good first impression in a new job. Get your pen at the ready.

Eager beaver

First things first, everyone will tell you this, arrive early – nobody wants to be running past their boss in the first week. This not only shows your punctual but also that your keen, just get a strategic morning routine on the go and you’ll be off. Along with that, make sure you have a positive attitude. Being enthusiastic, friendly and full of team spirit can lead to a memorable lasting impression and you want to start how to mean to go on. Also, don’t forget to dress accordingly, every office differs so try and follow the specific dress code, avoiding any questionable glances.

Initiative first

We understand that to start with you may feel overlooked as your role is being figured out. But don’t be afraid to tell your boss once you’ve completed your initial tasks and ask what to do next. Or when extra duties come up and you’ve got some free time, why not put yourself forward and volunteer. At the same time, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. You will want to prove your competence during the first few days but no matter how skilled and knowledgeable you are, you won’t have all the answers and no one expects you to either. Therefore, rather than complete a job incorrectly, ask your co-workers for assistance.

Work means work

Nobody wants to set off on the wrong foot, therefore try to keep personal business on company time to a minimum. It’s important to stay focused on your work and show commitment to getting the job done. Therefore, try to avoid office politics but follow office etiquette in order to contribute to an inclusive collaborative workplace. Finally, although all of the above is key to making a good first impression, remember to maintain a work/life balance as this can really effect productivity, health and wellbeing.

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