You never get a second chance at making a first impression. That’s why it’s so important you sell yourself as the best version of you. Your first impression, whether positive or negative, may set the tone for the rest of your job.That’s not to say you can’t come back from a faulty first impression, though. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t nail every first impression you make. Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s common and understandable that nerves can take over. Think to yourself, “who am I, who do I want to be, and what can I/should I do to portray that correctly?”

Here are a few things to keep in mind when starting a new job…

 

Confidence

Confidence is a key element to success in the workplace. When you’re confident, you’ll have an easier time with the responsibilities in the office. Projecting confidence will allow you to create and maintain relationships with co-workers, clients, bosses, etc. Most importantly, just be you. Remind yourself that no one can be you better than you can.

Clothing

Dress to impress- especially on the first day! A lot of your first impression will depend on what you’re wearing. You want to look professional and well put together. Every industry, and even company, has a different dress code. Make sure you know this beforehand by doing research, asking questions, and paying attention to clothing during your interview process. 

Hygiene

Nobody will forget that new employee who comes in with unbrushed teeth, an unpleasant odor and messy hair. Putting effort into what you look like will have a positive impact on your first impression.

 

Attitude

Having a positive attitude will not only positively impact your co-workers, it’ll also positively impact you. Show your excitement being a new member of the team. Those around you will be more excited about working with you and willing to help which will increase your confidence as well as your success with the job. 

 

Adapting

Whether this is your first job, a different job within the same industry, or a job in an industry you’re not familiar with, it’s important you adapt to the ways in which the company goes about doing things. This will help ease your transition and show those around you that you’re a great fit for the team and can adapt when necessary.

Follow these tips and you will walk out of there as happy and confident about the future that your hiring manager does after seeing you on your first day.

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