First Impressions Count When Starting a New Job

shutterstock_155884649Everyone makes snap judgments—it’s part of human nature. So when starting a new job, expect new colleagues to assess you as soon as you walk in the door. Making a good first impression sets the scene for a successful experience at a new job. Experts offer these tips.

  1. Be early and stay the full workday. Punctuality shows respect for your new position and your new coworkers. Arrive early and never be first to leave the office despite the stated workday hours.
  1. Dress the part. A new job is not the place to show your individuality. Dress professionally and gradually change your wardrobe as you better grasp the corporate culture.
  1. Introduce yourself. Don’t be put off if your new colleagues fail to take this first step. When you do introduce yourself, take the opportunity to learn more about the company and those who already work in it.
  1. Set expectations with your boss. Ask your new supervisor what success looks like at one week, one month, and beyond.
  1. Document your work. Keep track of your accomplishments and make sure you get busy as soon as you sit down at your new desk.
  1. Learn unspoken rules. Who does the dishes? Who makes the coffee? Watch and learn to fit in quickly.
  1. Avoid gossip. Try not to listen to gossip; definitely never spread it.
  1. Get organized. Starting a new job is a great time to break old bad habits. Work on your organizational and time management strategies.
  1. Socialize with your colleagues. Take the initiative and invite different people to lunch. It’s a great way to build relationships.
  1. Leave your personal life at home. Keep your personal challenges to yourself and do not use work time to deal with your personal issues.

Discussion questions

  1. What can you do to learn as much about the corporate culture before you start a new job? What resources can you examine ahead of time?

[Read the organization’s website and news releases; search for news about the industry and the organization online; talk to people you know within the organization.]

  1. Why is punctuality so important?

[Being on time to work or a meeting communicates dedication, commitment, and professionalism. It helps an organization run smoothly.]

  1. How might discussing your personal problems affect how colleagues view you?

[If you talk about problems such as debt or money woes, you can appear careless or irresponsible. Harping on relationship or family problems can likewise harm your professional persona.]






2 thoughts on “First Impressions Count When Starting a New Job

  1. Bruce Tennant

    I would also add: Learn your job description. It is very important to know what is and is not expected of you during your employment experience. Having a list of your assignment duties is a good thing, especially when it comes to review time.

    1. bizcombuzz

      I entirely agree. But what to do when you work for a smaller companies that may not have job descriptions or that adds to an employee’s duties without altering the job description? I know that’s happened to me!


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