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Make the Best First Impression
Whether it’s your interview with a dream employer or your first day on the job, making a great first impression is important. After all, a new career is an excellent way to network with other professionals, build new skills and unlock opportunities that may not have been available. If you need a little help, here are some things you can do to make the best first impression possible.
Meet Your Coworkers
If you are working a full-time job, your coworkers will likely become a large part of your life whether you like it or not. For this reason, it is important to get acquainted with them as soon as possible and bond to build teamwork skills. Take the time to eat lunch with your coworkers to find out more about them professionally and personally.
One of the worst things you can do as a new employee is to arrive late. There’s a good chance at this stage, management will be evaluating you pretty closely to determine if they have made the right hiring decision for the company. Before your first day, check for parking requirements and time the drive to the location to ensure you don’t run into any snags that could make you late. Don’t risk ruining your reputation on the first day by missing your start time.
Because the first week at a new job is generally spent in training or shadowing another coworker, it’s important for you to understand that you may be required to work shifts you otherwise wouldn’t under normal circumstances. Showing that you are flexible and remaining positive to the demands of an employer will help make the best first impression possible. This could even potentially provide you have the work ethic needed for promotions in the future if they arise.
Ask Questions when Needed
Although an employer likely hired you based on the skills you already have, they generally won’t expect you to already know the way they do things at their own business. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you need to. This will ensure you are adapting your skills to the needs of the business and not winging it when you are unsure of what you should be doing when your tasks arise or the process required to do them.
Even if your new position doesn’t require a specific dress code, it’s important to look the part for the industry or position in which you will be working. There’s an old saying that states, “When you look great, you feel great” and this is a great tactic to make a good first impression on both management and coworkers. Make sure you are also practicing great hygiene by brushing your teeth and fixing your hair before coming into work.
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