By Damilola Faustino
Congratulations! You have got a new job and you are to resume soon. You know it is important to make an awesome first impression, right? This is because first impressions are very valuable and critical. Follow these tips to help you make a great impression on your first day at work, and avoid the mistakes usually associated with starting a new job.
You should never underestimate the importance of dressing appropriately on your first day at work. The way you dress can impact first impressions significantly. There are three main clothing options expected today: business professional, business casual, and casual. Choose the one that corresponds to your job. Also, never ignore dress codes.
Learn names of coworkers’ quickly
No one expects you to have everyone’s name down by the end of the first day at work, but if you are bad with names, now is the time to spend more time on remembering names. If you are able to remember names, it shows that blending in.
Never hesitate to ask questions for help
No one expects you to know everything on your first day at work, so ask questions or ask for help when you need it. Remember that it’s better to ask for clarification before you’ve spent the time to complete a task the wrong way.
In most situations, you will be given small doses of work at the beginning of a new job, especially on your first day at work. Starting slowly allows you to get your feet wet without getting overwhelmed. As you finish assignments and are ready to handle a bigger workload, take the initiative and ask for more assignments.
Arrive early and leave late
Come in on time, perhaps even early. Then, stay a little late. Remember, you can’t be a go-getter and clock-watcher at the same time, so plan to be at work a little longer than your typical eight-hour workday at first. Don’t take long lunches, especially on your first day at work. Once you understand the office culture better, you may be able to shift your hours or take longer lunches but in the beginning, just observe.
It’s important to show your appreciation at work for the help that others will give you. And, nothing shows appreciation as well as kindness and a genuine sentiment. Show your appreciation to everyone who helps you learn the ropes during your first day at work. Thank you is enough.
Have a positive attitude
Nothing works better than making a great impression on you on your first day at work than having a positive attitude. Let your enthusiasm for being part of the team and the organization show through to everyone you interact with. Leave your personal problems at home and concentrate on radiating your excitement for this new professional opportunity.
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