In the words of actor and social commentator Will Rogers, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This holds true in virtually any situation, including your first days at a new job. Being the new kid on the block can be challenging, exciting – and stressful and daunting at the same time. Remember to relax, keep your mind open, and focus on doing your best work. To further ease the transition, keep these helpful tips in mind:
Arrive energized and on time.
Despite your nervous excitement, try and get a good night’s sleep before Day One at your new job. Cut the caffeine early and take whatever other steps are helpful to be well rested and energized, so you can concentrate and not appear sluggish or disinterested.
- Plan to arrive a few minutes early, to show your employer you’re dependable. Research your travel time in advance and add a little extra to allow for any unforeseen delays.
Dress for success.
Find out in advance what the dress code is for your role. This can vary significantly by workplace, from business professional to business or completely casual. The best way to determine what to wear is to ask, as well as observe what others are wearing when you visit for your interview, or online. If your job is remote, always look professional and pulled together on video.
Be positive and take initiative.
It starts with a smile and maintaining eye contact when meeting your coworkers. From there, be sure to say help and introduce yourself. Be friendly, share a little bit about yourself, and let your new colleagues know that you look forward to working with them.
- Show your enthusiasm about projects and assignments. If a coworker asks for your help, say yes – as long as you have the bandwidth to do so while still getting your own work done. This speaks well to your teamwork and collaboration skills.
- Ask questions. No one expects you to know everything right away, so ask questions or request help when you need to. Keep in mind that it’s better to ask for clarification than complete a task incorrectly.
Listen 90 percent of the time.
Especially if you’re an extrovert, listening more than you talk can be a real challenge. But follow the 90/10 rule and listen carefully and actively during your early days in a new position. Of course, if you have a legitimate contribution to a conversation, make it. But otherwise, plan to do more listening and absorbing until after you get your feet wet.
The professional career counselors at PrideStaff Fresno can guide you through your entire job search and transition process, including how to nail it as you make the best possible first impression on your new boss and colleagues. Reach out to us today to discuss how we can help you keep your successful career on track.