New Job? Here's How To Make a Good First Impression
Whatever your situation, your first few days in a new job are bound to be exciting—you’ll be meeting new people, learning different routines and absorbing dozens of details. But you may also be feeling nervous and that makes it hard to create a good first impression.
A bit of awareness and planning can help you relax and feel more confident, friendly and focused, right from your very first day. Use the checklists in this tip to get off to a good start.
Knowing what to wear, what to say and how to act
Most workplaces have standards of dress, speech and behaviour. Whether these standards are written or unwritten, your employer and co-workers will expect you to learn and follow them. Use this checklist to help you make appropriate choices:
Greeting people and getting along
In the workplace, you meet and work with people who have diverse backgrounds and social values. Most employers place a high value on your ability to get along well with others. Basic good manners or etiquette—common sense rules of behaviour—will help you treat co-workers and customers with courtesy and respect.
Use this checklist to ensure you interact well with co-workers and customers:
Watching, asking and learning
In the first day or so, you’ll learn a lot about the organization—its values, structure, products and services—and the people you’ll be working with. In most workplaces, you’ll learn this either from your supervisor or at a staff orientation. Your supervisor (or someone he or she assigns) will tell you about your job and how it fits into the organization.
If no formal staff orientation is provided and your supervisor doesn’t instruct you, then it’s up to you to learn about your job. Review your job description if you have one. Find out what you need to do so you can be productive. Watch your co-workers and ask questions. You may be able to job shadow a respected co-worker for a day or two to see how things are done.
Use the following checklist to help you through the first few days:
Finding out the details
An orientation program or your supervisor will provide many of the details you need to know, such as pay schedules, benefits and safety requirements. But you’ll also want to find out about day-to-day details like where to find the lunchroom and office supplies so you can settle in and make your work environment comfortable.
Use this checklist to help you keep track:
Your first few days on the job set the basis for your relationship with your employer and co-workers. When you take steps to create a good first impression, you help to ensure that you’ll have a positive work experience.
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