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Making a great first impression

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24 Jan 2017
I have been helping people secure new careers for over ten years and in my experience, once you have secured a new role, your biggest fears tend to set in. You have been through a gruelling selection process, in the firing line of an interview panel and then gone on to be offered the job. Happy days, plain sailing from here on in right? Well unfortunately this is the point when we doubt ourselves and often ask ourselves;

  • Am I the right person for the job?
  • Will I fit in? 
  • What should I wear? 
  • What if I am late? 
  • Will they regret hiring me?

Being the newbie can be difficult even for the most outgoing and confident of us. I have pulled together the below guide to help make the process as smooth as possible and ensure you make a good first impression.

Get to know the team

Take the lead introducing yourself and make an effort to try and get to know your new colleagues. You are not going to become best friends with everyone, however being enthusiastic and showing an interest will help your colleagues to be more open with you. Find out when the next social event is scheduled and ensure you are confirmed on one as soon as possible, getting to know your new colleagues outside of work is the easiest way of finding common ground and bonding.

Put in the time

Particularly in the first couple of weeks it is important to put the time in. Get to the office early and leave later at the end of the day. The first few weeks are not the time to be late so if it means leaving the house 15 minutes earlier, then it will be 15 minutes well invested. Show your employer that you are committed and want the job. I am not saying this should be the norm permanently but you don’t want to be seen to be the first person darting for the door at 5.30pm on day one.

Learn your colleagues’ names

No one will hold it against you if you forget their names in the first week however this may be a different story in a month or two. Try drawing a desk plan in the back of your diary and map out where certain people you have been introduced to sit. Spend five minutes at the start of each day refreshing your memory.

Ask for help

It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. Let’s face it, you have been bombarded with new names, password details, systems and software, so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help finding small things that will in the early days. It is a more efficient use of your time to ask a colleague for help rather than struggle or trying to locate information yourself.

Set goals

Remember you are the successful applicant, but why is that? What experience do you already have that helped you secure the role? It is important to know this so you can demonstrate those skills from day one. However, it is equally important to know your weaknesses and personal areas to improve on. Set goals for yourself so that you can monitor your own development.

Show appreciation

Nothing works like kindness and genuine appreciation. Show your appreciation to everyone who helps you learn the ropes during your first days on the job.

Starting a new job can be a nerve-racking experience however it is also an incredibly exciting time. Learning new things, meeting new people and growing as an individual. It is important to believe in yourself at all times, after all you nailed the application process and the company “chose you”. See my blog on The importance of self-belief for further tips.
If you are looking for further career advice or looking to make the move into your next role, please contact me on 0161 834 1642 or email martin@sellickpartnership.co.uk. Alternatively, browse our latest roles. Browse Roles

 

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