6 Ways to Impress On Your First Day at Work

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Everybody knows that first impression always counts. When you begin work, you have a window of opportunity to be everyone’s darling at the workplace. It’s a chance to start off on the right foot and build from there, whereas a negative start can be difficult to shake off.

When you start a new job most people will give you the benefit of the doubt, so mistakes and honest misunderstanding will be accepted up to a point. But the trick is not to take it for granted. Go in with the wrong attitude and you’ll build up an unshakable resentment for yourself.

Do you want to get it right? Here are few tips;

1. Look the Part

On your first day, it pays to look smart. If you walk into your workplace on your first day looking too casual it suggests you are not taking your situation seriously. Your first day is the day you need to look at your smartest. If dress down is your favorite, you can reserve that for later when you fit the workplace style later on. Whilst looking smart means efficient and reliable, too casual means disorganized and uncaring.

2. Be Punctual

The worst kind of impression to create for yourself on your first day is to arrive at work late. Take note of the organization’s working hours and dress sense once you settle in and go with the flow. On your first day, you need to create the same impression you created during your interview. Arriving on time and in the right appearance gives the impression that you want to be there.

3. Get a Notepad

Jot down the things you need to know to get started. Until you familiarize with the nature of the job, you don’t want to lose the important details of your work such as passwords and email addresses. Are you terrible at remembering the names of people you meet for the first time?
You can quietly write down the names of your colleagues on a notepad to help you break through the communication barrier. This will prevent you from having to ask someone else: “what’s the name of the person I was just talking to?” You can also jot down any other rules and ways of doing things so that you’re not found blundering along and making obvious bad moves.

4. Don’t Try Too Hard

If you’re the confident type you might want to try and impress your new workmates by being pushy or sharing your ideas openly. Try not to do this; you’ll have your time later on. You are not expected to come into a new situation and have all the answers. The best way to go is to observe and note the things you would want to contribute to the progress of your team later on.

5. Show You Want to Belong

Show your willingness to be part of the team to everyone you interact with. Start by being swift to attend meetings and your readiness to learn. You are now part of a work team, and teams work together to solve problems and get the job done. There is a temptation on your first day to try to guess the group or team culture. Despite how eager you are to belong, figuring out the team’s culture takes time. Remember, it is your willingness to be part of the team, rather than your attempts to be part of the team, that counts.

6. Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Once you’re given a job, you will have to get it done to the best of your ability. For being new you should not be afraid to ask when you have to. It is better to ask a question than sit silently hoping that what you need to know will turn up.

Knowing all this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your first day. Good news is for being fresh and new you will be pardon when you miss a few steps. Your first day is your opportunity to survey, take a few notes and understand your new workplace. Don’t worry when things don’t go as expected, you will pick up in due time.

Are you ready to storm your first day at work with a good impression? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below?

Nelly Sadongo-Bawa
Social Media and Community Marketer at Jobberman Ghana || Blogger || Motivator || Radio host || "Knowledge is like a garden. If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested."