Congratulations on your new job!
You have been hired to the job you wanted. Everything you worked hard for to get to this point has paid off. The excitement you are feeling is over the roof and you can’t wait to get to work. But, while the feeling of meeting new people and making the right impression is great, it can be stressful to think on how you can do it.
In fact, the bigger the company, the harder it is to make an impression on others. And if you don’t ride on the first few weeks as a newcomer, you will end up just a face swallowed by the crowd.
While some say it is important to be yourself when its your first week in work. But, there are those who say that there are areas you should focus on during your first day in work.
If you do not know where to start, here below are some tips to help you make that great first impression in your new workplace:
Arrive early and dress accordingly
Sometimes, bosses go to work earlier than their employees. Since you are new in work, it would be advisable that you are there before your co-workers. Of course, don’t leave early during your first week because it will not be a good impression to your co-workers.
You should also dress accordingly and try not to overdress for your first week. This shows that you are confident and ready to take on the challenge of your new workplace. As your first week passes, you will be able to adjust your clothing style to match your coworkers.
Personal tip: I did overdress when I went on my first job in my last company. I was so used to corporate wear so I turned up in suits whereas everyone else is in their tee and jeans. So do your research first and don’t turn up as a clown!
Introduce Yourself and Get to Know Everyone
Some companies offer brief tours for their new workers on their first day in the job. These orientation tours will also give the chance for workers to get to know each other.
Take the first step and introduce yourself. This will show your coworkers that you are not afraid to take the first step.
Personal Tip: Wear a big smile and be polite. Greet everyone you meet even the janitor!
Don’t hesitate to ask questions
During your first week, it is important that you show that you are eager to learn and contribute.
One way in doing this is by asking questions about the company and the tasks given to you. Write your questions down and show your interest.
You can also attend seminars offered by the company to learn more about the company and ask questions there.
Personal Tip: Try asking question within your peer group and even offering to help out. You may be new so probably do not have any task assigned to you yet but that shouldn’t stop you from offering assistance.
Take the initiative
Since it is your first week, you will be given a few tasks to start with to help you adjust.
Start slowly when you get these tasks and find the right method to get them sorted. Once you finish these tasks and you feel that you are ready to take on harder tasks, take the first step and ask for more tasks.
Personal Tip: If you are unsure, don’t bluff your way through. You are new to the job and your boss expect you to be wobbly on your feet. Lying through your teeth and refuse to seek help will only backfire.
Smile and relax
Did I mention smile earlier on in the article?
If you want to make a first impression, smiling can go a long way. It will help you relax and show to your colleagues that you are easy to approach.
Trying too hard to make a first impression can be very bad because your colleagues may think you are desperate to get a promotion and may question your sincerity or fear of you wanting to take over their jobs.
Personal Tip: If you are offering to run errands, buy coffee and even shine their shoes, you are trying way too hard to please.
Find a mentor
When you are starting off with your new job, you will definitely need someone to look up to as you try to get accustomed to the position.
Get to know your team’s senior members and ask them questions if something is confusing you. They can also help you out if you have ideas you like to propose.
Personal Tip: Put down your pride and be earnest to learn are the best advice I carried around in my career. You’ll be surprised how much knowledge you will collect (let alone gossips) if you open your mouth to ask.
In Other Words…
Being the newbie in the company can be exciting but also challenging, especially as you try to make a good impression. However, do not worry about making a good impression in your first week. A few days seeing you in work is not enough to give people a good idea on what you are like.
During your first week, relax and get to know your new job and your coworkers. As you become familiar with everyone, it will become easy for you to make the impression you want to make at work. Good luck on your first day and do your best!
These articles will come in handy in prepping your first day at work:
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