Remember, first impressions count!
So, you’re starting a new job. First off, congratulations! And second, it’s important to remember that nearly everyone is nervous at a new job. In a new job, you meet new people, learn new responsibilities, and try new tasks that you may never have done before. It’s no wonder that it is stressful. Above all, you want to make a good impression on your supervisor and co-workers, so that they respect you and value your work.
Here are some tips that will help you make a good impression in your first week on a new job, and throughout your career.
Tip #1: Don’t be late!
This sounds like simple advice, but many people show up late to work. This is a big mistake, especially if you are still new to the job and trying to make a good impression. It is especially a big mistake in a healthcare job where patients are waiting for you. Instead, try to arrive 10 minutes early every day. This gives you some buffer room in case of unforeseen problems.
Tip #2: Don’t be a know-it-all
If you just finished college or a career training program, you may think you know all of the latest information about your new field. But in the beginning, keep these thoughts yourself. The people at your new job will know more than you about your job and the workplace as a whole. Use the first few weeks to ask a lot of questions and learn as much as you can. Once you have established yourself, you can start sharing your own ideas and thoughts when it seems appropriate.
Tip #3: Don’t forget your manners
Something as simple as forgetting to say “please” or “thank you” or “excuse me” can start you off on the wrong foot. Use your best manners when meeting new people, and this will show your new co-workers and supervisors that you respect them and take the job seriously. Make eye contact, learn people’s names, and speak respectfully with everyone on the job.
Tip #4: Don’t complain
Nearly everybody has some complaints about the workplace, but a professional employee knows not to voice the complaints. You may meet some co-workers who grumble about the job. If you do, just listen politely, but don’t join in the complaining. Remember, no job is perfect, but a positive attitude can go a long way toward helping you enjoy your work.
Tip #5: Don’t text on the job
Just sending a quick text here and there can seem harmless, but it is not a good idea. Put your personal cell phone away while you are at work. Personal texts, phone calls, and Internet searches should wait until your break time. If you are texting on the job, it shows that you are not giving the job your full attention.
Tip #6: Don’t neglect your appearance
During your first week on the job, you are making first impressions with many people. Make sure your appearance is neat and professional. Clothes should be wrinkle-free and professional-looking. Your hair and fingernails should be neat. Don’t overdo it with jewelry, makeup, or cologne. Dressing sloppily communicates that you do not care about the job. Instead, be proud of your new position, and dress in a way that shows it.
By following these simple tips, you can get started in your new job with a positive, professional approach. This will allow you to focus on the important things you need to learn during your first few weeks on the job, such as learning what is expected of you, mastering your new responsibilities, and becoming a part of your new workplace.