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How to make the best impression when you start a new job

So you’ve made it, you’ve got that fantastic new job you so wanted, or even the one that is the stepping stone to the one you really want. However, the hard work is just beginning as you need and want to make a great impression. To do this you have to plan ahead, even before you start.

So, what can you do to make the right impression?

  • Dress appropriately - there is no way of telling you what is appropriate for your job, as each is very different. However, think back to the people who interviewed you and dress in a similar manner. If in doubt always dress more conservatively than casual. 
  • Run through your commute - yes, this might seem obvious, but you might be surprised at how much calmer you will feel if you have planned or even run through your commute. Arriving early never did anyone any harm either.
  • Make the most of first impressions - it can feel overwhelming on you first day or even weeks, with all the new faces, however try to take the time to ‘read’ your new colleagues so you don’t overstep any boundaries. If staff are listed on the company’s website it’s always a good idea to checks who’s who. Don’t forget a smile, direct eye contact and a firm handshake will be remembered.
  • Let your work be remembered first - start of as you mean to go on with a ‘can do’ attitude, don’t appear over confident and ask questions. However, listen well and take notes so you aren’t asking the same questions over and over.
  • Watch the crowd - keep an eye on such things as, start and finish times and lunch breaks so you can fit in with the crowd. Try to join any social networks that are work related and keep your eyes and ears open to how the ‘culture’ lies.
  • Take your time - don’t appear too eager, it takes time to build rapport with your colleagues and especially your boss. If you see things that are ripe for change, wait for an appropriate time to voice your opinions. 
  • Plan your professional development - review your skills and focus on development that can help you advance and add value. Establish your goals and map out timings. 
  • Own your mistakes - you will probably make mistakes, after all you are new, however it’s how you handle them that will be remembered. Own up straight away, offer to correct it if you can and show you have learnt from them.

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