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  • Writer's pictureKaren Gittins

How to Make a Great Impression on Your First Day at a New Job




1. Arrive Early: Punctuality speaks volumes about your dedication and professionalism. Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes early to show your eagerness to start.

2. Dress Appropriately: Make a positive impression by dressing according to the company's dress code. If in doubt, it's better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.

3. Be Prepared: Bring any necessary documents or items requested by HR, such as identification, banking information for payroll, and any paperwork you may need to fill out.

4. Listen and Observe: Spend the day listening and observing. Pay attention to company culture, procedures, and how your colleagues interact. It will help you understand your role better.

5. Ask Questions: Don't be afraid to ask questions if you're unsure about something. It shows initiative and a desire to learn.

6. Introduce Yourself: Take the initiative to introduce yourself to your new colleagues. A friendly smile and a firm handshake (or a virtual equivalent) can go a long way in building rapport.

7. Take Notes: Bring a notebook to jot down important information, such as login details, key contacts, and any tasks assigned to you.

8. Be Open-minded: Keep an open mind and be receptive to new ideas and ways of doing things. Adaptability is a valuable trait in any workplace.

9. Show Enthusiasm: Show enthusiasm for your new role and the company. A positive attitude can make a great impression on your coworkers and supervisors.

10. Reflect and Review: At the end of the day, take some time to reflect on what you've learned and accomplished. Review any materials or information provided to ensure you're prepared for the days ahead.

Remember, the first day is just the beginning of your journey with the company. Stay positive, and be proactive, and you'll set yourself up for success in your new role.

Good luck

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