You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count. Your first few days at a new job will set the stage for how you’re perceived by both your manager and your colleagues. There are a few things you can do to ensure that your first impression is a great one.
Put down your phone.
Being on your phone is the easiest way to make a negative first impression. Even if you’re using your phone to take notes or do something else job related, the impression will be that you’re ‘always on your phone’ – a label you absolutely don’t want. This advice is particularly critical for Millennials and Gen Z, where stereotypes prevail. The best way to disprove the stereotype is to simply put your phone away while you’re at work.
Show up on time.
Don’t be tardy on your first day. Being early indicates responsibility and professionalism. Being late indicates a lack of respect and self-discipline. Leave yourself plenty of extra time to get to the office in case there are transit or other unforeseen delays. You can always stop for a coffee or sit in your car and relax for a few minutes if you’re early.
Make the first move and introduce yourself to your new colleagues. Make it a goal to meet everyone on your team or the all of the people you’ll be working closely with in the first few days. Take advantage of your breaks to spend time in the breakroom and meet even more people. As an added bonus, connecting with colleagues will help you settle in and feel more at home at your new workplace.
You’ll be given an overwhelming amount of information in the first week at a new job. From policies to procedures to remembering the new office layout, your brain simply isn’t capable of retaining everything. To ensure that you don’t forget something important, take notes while you’re doing your onboarding and new hire training.
If possible, take notes by hand. You’ll retain information better that way. You can even double down on your learning by typing your notes into a document at the end of each day. Whatever you do, don’t use your phone for note-taking. No matter how many times you explain to your manager or colleagues that you’re taking notes and not using it for social media, they’ll still be wondering why you’ve got your phone in your hand all the time.
The fastest way to learn about your new workplace is to ask questions. The training you go through will only give you a basic overview of the way things are done – it’s your colleagues who can give you all the details.
Showing a willingness to ask for help will go a long way in making a great first impression. No one expects you to know everything when you start a new job, so trying to act like a know-it-all will only turn people off. It’s better to ask a question than to make an assumption and end up being wrong.
Be a team player.
Being new to a role is no excuse to not put in the work. Just because you’re new to the job doesn’t mean you can’t participate, so jump into your new role as quickly as possible. Your colleagues will appreciate your effort and willingness to be a team player.
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Workplaces still hamper productivity Noise, lack of privacy and space are some of the factors causing the greatest dissatisfaction among office workers Nearly half of..
Nine Things You Should and Shouldn't Do If You Lose Your Job Most of us wouldn’t think to associate the words "joblessness" and "fun," but..
Why Risk Is A Necessary Component To A Successful Career - And How To Balance Risk With Reward Taking at least some risk is necessary..
Top 10 Benefits Of A Workplace Wellness Program When Google opened up in the 90s it took a unique approach to employee satisfaction. In an..
It's all about potential: how to write a CV with no work experience Follow these tips to stand out among competing candidates – from research..
Being Too Busy for Friends Won’t Help Your Career Friendship matters. Everything we do to succeed in our careers is improved when we’re supported by..
The Best Ways to Reward Employees. Having an effective reward program in place can help solve many of your HR issues. Every company needs a..
Burnout at Work Isn’t Just About Exhaustion. It’s Also About Loneliness More and more people are feeling tired and lonely at work. In analyzing the..
People Don’t Take HR Seriously; Here’s Why That’s Dangerous Legacy beliefs like being the bad guy and a lack of strategic vision isolates HR, and..
Think Strategically About Your Career Development In a world where the average employee sends and receives 122 emails per day and attends an average of..
Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion Leaders have long recognized that a diverse workforce of women, people of color, and LGBT individuals confers a competitive edge..
How To Advance Your Career In A Crappy Entry-Level Job Yes, you can still bring yourself one step closer to snagging that dream job even..
Interviews are generally regarded as the primary decision-making event in any recruitment process. Regardless of your academic credentials or career thus far, it is crucial..
What causes burnout and how it can affect both the employees and the organisation How HR Can Help Prevent Employee Burnout An engaged workforce. It's..
Studies have shown that structured interviewing is more than twice as reliable a predictor of future employee performance than unstructured interviewing. That is why most..
Cyprus unemployment has been steadily increasing monthly since 2008 and is getting closer to double digits (January 2012 Eurostat figure – 9.6%). However there are..