Top tips to making a good first impression

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The first day of your new job is always daunting. There will be lots of introductions, a new environment to get used to and, most importantly, you’ll want to make a good first impression to your new employer as well as the team you will be working in.

Here, we offer some advice on how to impress on your first day in your new role.


Make sure you arrive on time 

Always arrive on time on your first day and do your best to maintain this as you develop in your new role. It seems obvious, but it’s a simple way to show you are dedicated, reliable and eager to progress and will prove to your new employer that they made the right decision in hiring you.

Be proactive 

Self-sufficiency and a strong appetite to learn are key traits your new employer will immediately value. On your first day, you’re likely to be given a series of tasks to get you started and introduced into the company. If you find yourself finishing early and you’re at a loose end, ask your line manager or team members if there is another task you could be doing to save you sitting doing nothing.

Check the dress code policy 

Always make sure you have asked what the dress code is prior to your first day. Companies nowadays can differ vastly with their dress code policy. – While in some industries it's commonplace to see more relaxed working environment with casual dress, others are still very formal. Even if the company has a relaxed dress code, always make sure you still look presentable and you are dressed appropriately for the office environment. This will be the first time you will be meeting the people you will be working with daily, so you want to make a good, long-lasting impression.

Listen to those around you

There will be lots going on in your first day and week of your new job so focus on everything that’s going on around you. This will help you get to grips with learning about the business and its different functions, as well putting names to faces and learning where they fit into the business, easing your integration into the company and making you feel more comfortable in your new work environment

Be ready for a busy schedule 

On top of meeting new faces, your first day and week will be full of new tasks, systems and concepts to digest,It’s a brain workout – so make sure you’re prepared to work hard from the get go.

As the first step into your new career path, your first day is exciting , so it’s important to make the most of it. Following these simple steps will help make your first day that bit less daunting and that much more enjoyable.

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