How to make a great impression on your first day
Post on 10-Jan-2017
Whether youre a graduate,
manager or CEO, your first day on
the job can have a huge bearing on
how you are perceived by other
staff from then on.
No doubt you want to make the
right impression quickly - this seven
step strategy will help you do just
HOW TO MAKE A GREAT IMPRESSION ON YOUR FIRST DAY AT WORK
If youre early, youre on time. If
youre on time, youre late. Show
your eagerness to start on the job
by turning up around half an hour to
fifteen minutes early.
Making sure youre wearing the
correct attire is also of paramount
importance. You should have
already clarified with your manager
what the dress code is, but if you
didnt then see if you can find out
from the company website.
1. Be early and suitably dressed
Greet everyone by name and use
their names when conversing to
help embed this information by
mentioning their name throughout
the conversation youre also helping
to build rapport.
Once youve met everyone, map
out a seating plan and plot their
names in the respective positions.
Also make a note of other
employees who you will have
regular contact with.
2. Remember names
Part of your managers job is to
support you with problems or
queries therefore, they will be
most receptive to your needs during
your first few days.
Use this opportunity to ask broad
questions about the business which
you might feel silly asking later on.
3. Ask questions
In the early stages you should be
listening and learning a lot more
than you are talking. Carry a
notebook and pen around with you
at all times, ready for whatever
nuggets of information your
colleagues might impart.
There will be a lot of important
information to learn on your first
day, and throughout your on-
boarding period, so make sure
youre all ears at all times.
Even though its only your first day
you should already be thinking
about how everything youre
learning now builds into the bigger
picture, including various
colleagues and your relationships
Keep your job description handy so
you can make a mental note of the
essential responsibilities and who
youll be coordinating those with.
5. Big-picture thinking
Call your recruiter and let them
know how your first day went. Talk
through the people you met, the
projects youve been assigned to
and how you found your day.
Its important to share any
questions you may have at this
early stage, when your consultant is
best placed to find out information
on your behalf.
6. Call your recruiter
If, after your first day, you feel that
you may have made a mistake or
that you just wont get with your
new colleagues then dont panic.
It often takes time to settle into a
new organisation and many people
have initial reservations, which they
then quickly overcome. New job
jitters are totally natural, as change
is often uncomfortable.
7. Give it a chance
You only get one shot at a first
impression so make sure yours has
positive and lasting effects by
adhering to the seven tips provided
in this SlideShare.
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