Making a good start in a new job. You never get a second chance to make a first impression Importance of First Impression.
Post on 04-Jan-2016
Making a good start in a new job
You never get a second chance to make a first impressionImportance of First Impression
First ImpressionNever under estimate the impact of first impressions. The first few days are when your boss and colleagues form the most lasting impressions about you. First impressions about you and your future potential can make a major impact on your future success with the organization. First impressions about people often turn into long-term perceptions and reputations.Good for people who make positive first impressions - the halo effect but Bad for people who make negative first impressions - the horn effect
The good news is that
Most employers realize that there is a learning curve for most positions.
There is often an unofficial grace period while you settle into your job.
How to make a great first impression when youre starting a new job?
Making a great first impressionHave a positive attitudeBe punctualTake notesBe a good listenerHave a good attendance recordDress professionallyShow your team spiritShow genuine appreciationAvoid office politics and gossipFind a mentorLearn colleagues names quicklyBe organizedAsk questionsAbility to work under pressureKeep personal work to the minimumKeep track of your achievementsTake the initiative
Have a positive attitude
Nothing works better in all situations than having and expressing a positive attitude.
Let your enthusiasm for being part of the team and the organization show.
Always leave non-work problems at home.
Dress professionallyNever underestimate the importance of dressing professionally in your new job.
In the beginning, even if your department has casual days, you should dress professionally because you never know when youll be called out to meet a top manager or key client.
Perfectly groomed means efficient and reliable in work; unkempt means disorganized and therefore difficult to trust with different assignments.
After awhile, people realize these things do not necessarily correspond, but initially, your looks and dress are your representation to them.
Show Your Team Spirit
You are now part of a team, and teams work together to solve problems and get the job done.
Show loyalty to your colleagues and focus more initially on sharing any recognition you get with the team.
Always give credit to the team.
Learn your colleagues names quickly
No one expects you to remember everyones name by the end of the first day or week
But if you are bad with names you can use some memory-aid tricks to remember names.
If you are in a situation in which you forget a persons name, the best solution is to simply apologize and ask the persons name again.
Ask questions or for helpNo one expects you to solve all the organizations problems on your first few days on the job.Nobody expects you to know everything.So, relax a bit, and always ask questions or ask for help when you need it. Remember that its better to ask before youve completed the task the wrong way and wasted all that time. Communicate openly with colleagues and supervisors. Keep your ego at home.
Take NotesMake notes on all the various systems and rules of the organization.
Attend all orientation/induction sessions.
Nothing is more irritating than a person who repeatedly asks for the way a system works in the organization.
Take the initiativeIn your first days on the job, you will be given small doses of work.
As you finish assignments and are ready to handle a bigger workload, take the initiative and ask for more assignments.
Be proactive and volunteer for assignments
Be punctualYour reputation takes a beating if you routinely come to work late or leave work early.
In the first few days/weeks on the job, be sure you get to work early and do not leave earlier than when the majority of your co-workers leave.
In the beginning, be totally dedicated to being there all the time and picking up as much as you can possibly handle.
Good attendance record
Have a good attendance record
It is very important to show up to work every day and establish a good attendance record.
Save the leave entitlement for emergencies and sickness.
Avoid office politics
Avoid office politics and gossipDisassociate yourself from the office politics and gossip to avoid being branded as political.
Stay out of the office politics as long as you can.
Inevitably you will get exposed to it and may also participate in the same eventually.
Avoid personal work
Keep Personal Business on Company Time to a Minimum
Keep your personal work to the minimum and stay focused on your work.
In the initial few weeks especially, keep away from all personal work on company time likeChecking personal emailChatting on the internet messenger with family/friendsBooking personal air/train tickets on the netMaking personal phone calls local and international Chatting with family and friends on the phone for a long time
Be a good listener
Be a good listener
Resist the temptation to come across as a know-it-all
If you have a legitimate contribution, make it, but if not, do more listening and absorbing in the first few days on the job.
Track your achievements
Keep track of your achievementsIt is up to you to keep track of your achievements.
No one else will do it for you.
Helps you in the following ways:for personal satisfactionfor annual appraisals and for future job-hunting
Show your genuine appreciation to everyone who has helped you to learn the job
It can be your boss, colleagues or the HR department.
Use an organizer to keep track of daily activities.
A To Do list will help organize and prioritize tasks on a daily basis.
Last but not the least
Find a mentor in the organization
Find a mentor
A mentor is a person who shares his experience, knowledge and wisdom about the workplace in general.
Typically a relationship between a senior manager and a junior employee.
A person who provides advice, guidance and counselling.
Enlist the support of a senior manager ideally from another department.