Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Making The Best First Impression In Your New Job

You were slaving away in a job where you felt that your talents were wasted. You saw a new job posted and applied. You breezed the telephone interview, aced the interview and you’re starting your new job on Monday. This could well be a turning point in your career, the path to job satisfaction and prosperity like you’ve never thought possible. It’s important to not only make the best possible first impression, but to maintain those good impressions long after that all important first day. Get it right and your new job will become your dream job, get it wrong and you could hobble your career progression before it begins. It’s going to take more than a plate of homemade brownies and a sharp suit (although those certainly can’t hurt either). Here are some tips to making the best possible impression on your first day and beyond…


Set Off Half An Hour Earlier Than Your Route Planner Says


If there’s one thing certain to mire your reputation with your new employer, it’s tardiness. Nobody intends to rock up on their first day at their new job 15 minutes late, but it’s an increasingly common phenomenon. An over reliance on Sat-Navs has left many leaving the house when their phone or TomTom tells them to, but even the best GPS systems can fail to accurately account for traffic and other external factors. Setting off around 15-30 minutes earlier can insulate you from any unpleasant surprises.

Avoid The Temptation To Be a Suck-up


Making a great first impression with your boss is one thing, but being a sycophant is something else entirely. Nobody likes a suckup, and even if you’re able to temporarily curry some favour with your new manager, you will run the risk of alienating yourself from your peers or other managerial staff. It’s a far better idea to build your reputation by demonstrating a ‘can do’ attitude and being amiable to all members of staff, not just those to whom you’re immediately accountable.

Resist The Urge To Over Commit and Know Your Employee Rights


As important as it is to ingratiate yourself to your new boss and colleagues, it’s equally important to know that you’re not prepared to be taken advantage of. It pays to be aware of any employment law services your new business provides and to brush up on your employee rights and know what your employer can reasonably ask of you. Though it’s all too easy to take on extra responsibilities or work additional hours in the name of making a good impression, you’ll do nobody any favours by over extending yourself.

Steer Clear of Gossip


Workplaces are social petri dishes, and it can be all too easy to become drawn into the gossip and politics of the workplace. While it’s understandable that you’ll want to get along socially with your new colleagues, engaging in gossip is not the right way to do it. Be cheerful and friendly but keep the conversation work related and politely abstain from the gossip and political divides of the workplace. You may end up alienating someone you later come to rely on for a promotion. 

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