How to Make a Good Impression on Your First Day at the Office
April 9, 2017
Your first day of work is quickly approaching, and you're so nervous that you haven't even thought about how to make a good impression. Take a deep breath and focus. With just a little preparation, you can impress your boss and your co-workers, and steer your career in the right direction with a few quick wins.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
Creating a good first impression is important on the first day of the job. Showing enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn right off the bat can have a big impact on your career progression. Start your day rested, on time and with a bright smile. Don't be shy about getting to know the rest of the office.
Introduce yourself with confidence, and do your best to remember everyone's name and their roles within the organization. A good sense of humor goes a long way in most work environments, and so does the ability to interact and collaborate with a positive attitude. Remind yourself of the traits and qualities that landed you this job, and let those characteristics shine throughout the work day.
Do Your Homework
Part of creating a good first impression is understanding where you fit in the grand scheme of things. A good employee knows the long-term goals of his company and understands its vision. Read over the company's website and any other materials you were given before you report to work for the first time. Use a pocket-sized notebook to jot down any questions that come to mind, and discuss them with your boss or co-workers during the workday. Keep the notebook on hand to write down interesting facts and important processes you learn as you're working, and remember to review your notes often.
Impress the Boss With Big Ideas
In the same notebook, brainstorm ways your skills and talents can contribute to the company's long-term goals and visions. Learn more about the team's current goals and projects as you move through the workday, and discuss the challenges and limitations that may stand in the way of achieving them. An outside perspective often brings new light to these situations and how to handle them. Ideas that allow you to make immediate contributions are excellent ways to gain quick wins and instant recognition. Supervisors appreciate innovative thinkers and employees who are willing to take initiative. Make a habit of bringing new ideas into the workplace, along with suggestions or guidelines to implement them.
Stay On-Task and Organized
Your boss will be paying close attention to your work style and productivity levels. This is another opportunity to make a great first impression. Before the first day of work set up an organizational system that you're comfortable using, whether it's a traditional pen-and-paper planner or an app on your phone or tablet. Opt for a system that manages dates and to-do lists, as well as notes and project lists. Create a framework for your workday by scheduling in all of your daily responsibilities, as well as any upcoming tasks, meetings or deadlines. It may take a few days to get into the swing of your new work routine. Keep yourself productive and focused by creating a prioritized to-do list each morning.
Listen, Learn and Don't Hesitate to Ask
It's good to offer big ideas and to show initiative on your first day in the office, but it's also important to be a good listener and an attentive learner if you want to succeed in your new position. Observe your co-workers and the techniques they use throughout the day, and take notes when someone explains a task or process. Don't waste too much time trying to figure out on your own how to complete difficult or unfamiliar assignments when you can ask a nearby co-worker for assistance.
Show Your Dedication
Successful companies depend on dedicated employees. Manage your time effectively so you can wrap up your tasks and responsibilities for the day before you head out the door. Stay alert and focused on your projects until your work day ends. If leaving the office for lunch is a distraction, try bringing lunch from home. You can also use your lunch break to get to know your team members and share ideas. Stay committed to using your time effectively and contributing to the overall objectives of the organization. You’ll make the kind of lasting impression that can have a direct impact on your future career growth.
For many employers, a model employee is one who is enthusiastic, prepared and committed. Get excited about your new job and your new employer, and you'll make a good first-day impression.
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