12 Ways to Make a Powerful First Impression at Your New Job
Congratulations! You made it through a tough application and interviewing process, but you came out on top and got a new job. You’re excited and just a bit scared considering you’re getting ready to enter a new chapter in your life. So, what do you do now that you’ve accepted the new job? If you’re smart, it’s not enough just to have a new job. No, YOU want to make a powerful first impression on your new boss and co-workers.
The following 12 tips will help put you in the spotlight before your first day and on the fast track for advancement:
- Call or email before your first day
Ask your new boss if there’s anything you should review before you arrive at work. He or she will be impressed, and you’ll be better prepared.
- Do your homework
Bosses are busy and appreciate if you take your orientation into your own hands as much as possible. Spend time on the company Website and read any print literature you can find.
By remembering names you show your boss that your new co-workers and clients are important to you.
- Write a thank-you note
If you’ve just landed a new job, you’re excited about the opportunity and eager to contribute at your new company. As soon as you’re hired, write your new boss a thank-you note that says just that.
- Listen, listen, listen
Being a good listener may be the most powerful tool in any relationship, including your relationship with a new employer.
Arriving early shows your employer that you’re reliable and aim to do more than the minimum required. It also gives you a chance to organize your workspace and figure out the office layout. Tip: Practice your route to work ahead of time so you know about how long it will take you to get there. Don’t wait until your first day to discover that there are major detours on the highway into work.
- Be positive
We all know how energy-sapping it is to deal with a negative co-worker. But, remember that positive energy is contagious too. As a new arrival you have a great opportunity to bring fresh energy and excitement to your projects and interactions. Your boss will notice.
During your first weeks you’ll have a lot to remember and keeping notes will help. Include things like job assignments, codes to copiers, and names.
- Ask the right questionsto the right people
Try to get mundane information from coworkers or company materials. It will impress your boss if you ask about clients or department goalsl, but less impressed if you ask how the coffee machine works.
- Dress to impress
Dress a notch above the minimum required. Dry-clean your clothes and cut or style your hair. First impressions are lasting impressions, and the first thing your new boss will notice is your appearance.
- But … show some restraint and dress a little conservatively
For men, leave the indie-rock skinny ties on the hanger and the crocodile-skin boots in the closet. For women, follow Coco Chanel’s advice to put on your jewelry and then take one item off. You want to overwhelm your employer with your abilities, not your personal style.
Employers hate having to deal with conflicts between their employees. Show that you’re a team player by taking a personal interest in your new coworkers. Don’t be afraid to confide in them if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. It may seem counter-intuitive to show any weakness, but if your co-workers see you as a friend in need they’ll be much more likely to help you settle in.
Your future begins now
Putting in extra effort during your first days and weeks is an investment in your career. If your employer sees that you’re a competent, motivated team player, your job security will be secured and your path to advancement will be smooth.