Starting a new job can be a nerve-racking experience for anyone. There are so many uncertainties and unknowns that you have to be quick to learn such as what the work culture is like and how you fit into the puzzle of it all. You never want to start a new job off on the wrong foot, especially if it’s your dream job that one day could turn into a career.
So, how exactly can you go about making the best first impression at your new job during the first few weeks?
- Be punctual by being early
- Dress to succeed
- Take the initiative to learn
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
- Set the standard for new hires
Early is On Time
“Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable” this phrase is accredited to author Eric Jerome Dickey and it couldn’t be any truer in the world of business and industry.
The last thing that you want to do during your first few weeks at a new job is to show up late and upset your new manager and co-workers. If you make it a point to show up at least 5-10 minutes early, you have already won half the battle in making a good impression.
There is nothing more upsetting and frustrating for a manager to hire you with the expectations that at the very least, you’ll be able to show up on time to start the job but then arrive 5-10 minutes late and have them stand around waiting for you.
So, do yourself a simple favor, set your alarm a bit earlier than you were planning to. This gives you some extra breathing room in the morning and a bit of a buffer for extra time in case you run into bad traffic or if your dog starts the day off by peeing on your carpet.
Don’t Show Up in Your Favorite Pajama Pants
Now this one might be a bit of a no-brainer, but seriously, don’t show up to your new job in sweats and a hoodie.
It doesn’t matter if you have a warehouse distribution job, product assembly job, or even a corporate office job. The saying usually goes “dress to impress” but what’s more important is to dress to succeed. You may not think it, but your daily dress attire for work says a lot about your attitude, personality, and how your managers and co-workers perceive you.
If you are looking to make a great first impression at your new job and career, take some time to evaluate the clothes you might typically wear while on the job and think about the potential vibes they give off.
This doesn’t mean that you need to show up to your warehouse job in a full three-piece suit, but maybe consider putting on a decent flannel button-up rather than your usual jeans and hoodie.
Initiative Goes a Long Way in Proving Yourself Capable
You know that you have the skills and qualifications needed to succeed at the job, but your new employer doesn’t. Yes, there are certain things that you may need to be trained on and taught based on how the company does things such as learning new software programs or assembly processes. But don’t let these things make you complacent while you are shadowing your trainers and managers.
Take the initiative to impress at the right times, but don’t do it in an egotistical way. If you are sitting in on a meeting discussing new ways to innovate processes to speed up production and you have a perfect idea that if implemented could save your co-workers time otherwise normally wasted, speak up.
If there is a task that needs to be done but no one ever wants to do it because of its difficulty or because it’s simply boring and monotonous, volunteer yourself to do it. You’ll learn something new about the job, and you’ll prove yourself instantly valuable by your willingness to do something that none of your coworkers want to do.
Questions and Clarification are Your Best Friends at Your New Job
It can be easy for people to get caught up in the repetition of their work and so when a new person is added to the team, proper training can, unfortunately, get neglected.
Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions if there are processes or things that are confusing or misleading about your new career and its daily responsibilities. The best thing you can do is to ask for clarification during your training period on anything that you might have misunderstood. Even if it annoys your trainer, still ask. Getting clarification on job duties as early as possible is an easy way to set yourself up for success later on.
Set The Standard For All New Hires
You don’t need to act like something you’re not to achieve this one. There is no need or reason to push yourself and stress yourself out while trying to make a good impression at your new job.
If you really want to make sure that you leave a lasting impression on your new bosses and coworkers, evaluate the areas where you can step up your game as a new hire so that the next person the company hires will be evaluated based on how well of an impression you made.
Now, this doesn’t mean that if you’re an introvert that you need to fake being an extrovert to get yourself and your work noticed. It doesn’t matter whether you are a shy person or an out-going person.
If you want to make a great first impression at your new job all you need to do is create new habits by practicing the mentioned tips, then excelling at them in your own ways that, given time will get noticed and will result in you setting the standard for which any new people that are hired after you will be measured by.