Make the Best First Impression at Work
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Within the first few minutes of meeting someone, you are being judged. They will make assumptions about you, so it is very important to take control of their assumptions and make a good first impression. On the first day of a new job, your first impression can impact your career success as well as your long-term reputation.
Important Keys for that First Impression
1. Regardless of the job stress and pressure, a positive attitude must be maintained. This will show your manager that you can combat daily issues in a balanced way and that you are able to calmly deal with difficult situations.
2. Listen to what others are saying. Make eye contact and be attentive. Show appreciation towards the opinions of, and show them that you can work as a team member.
3. Your mother probably always told you, watch your manners! Your behavior should be constantly monitored by yourself. Don’t tell offensive jokes or get into arguments. Basically, don’t attract attention to yourself for something that is not job-related. These behaviors can impact your job impression.
4. Be mindful of informal and formal office policies. Become familiar with the office’s daily routine and the way your co-workers maintain their areas. Do they speak loudly or quietly in the halls or do they play music? You need to adapt to your work environment.
5. You should get to know your co-workers. Work isn’t a social gathering, but learn their names and introduce yourself. Don’t become involved with the office troublemaker or gossip.
6. Dress appropriately for your job. This aspect really says a lot about your professionalism. Follow the dress code. Dress for the job that you want, not the job you have. Certainly don’t wear a full business suit of it is a casual dress code, but wearing clothes that are too casual can also work against you.
7. People often make assumptions about you through observing the things you say. Don’t use slang.
Don’ts for the First Impression at Work
So, now that you know how important your first impression is when you are at work and what you should do, let’s discuss what you shouldn’t do.
1. Don’t be the worst dressed worker! Just because a co-worker is wearing something inappropriate, doesn’t mean you should.
2. Don’t give off a vibe that you don’t want anyone to talk to you. Even if you don’t really care for other people, you need to at least appear approachable. You will have a negative reputation if you constantly walk around without making any eye contact or with a bad expression on your face. Even if you are having a bad day, smile!
3. Don’t let your workspace make you look like a slob. Maintain neatness and appear to be organized and responsible.
4. If you are a bully, you can get fired. In the workplace, making fun of people is unacceptable and will be grounds for losing your job. You will not make any friends when you are constantly targeting people.
5. Don’t overshare your personal problems with your co-workers. Keep your conversations profession and friendly. Keep your drama from your personal life to yourself!
6. Don’t discuss how tired or busy you are. Nobody really cares because everyone is busy and it is your job to get your work done. If you are that overwhelmed, then you should discuss this with your boss.
7. During work, shy away from browsing social media sites, personal calls, or texting. Every phone call you make should be related to your job. It is usually acceptable to occasionally have a quick personal phone call, but you shouldn’t be talking to your friends or family multiple times during the day.
8. Don’t leave first! Your work ethic will be judged if you run to the exit. Make sure you offer a helping hand to others before you leave.
A Good Start Makes a Difference between Success and Failure
It only takes a few seconds for someone to evaluate you. The other individual forms an opinion of you based upon your body language, appearance, mannerisms, demeanor, and the way you are dressed. The first impression is the most important and the least likely to be undone.
Some additional advice to give yourself the best advantage in your new job are:
Overall, smile and don’t lose your individuality! Yes, you need to fit in, but within that context, express your individuality. Be confident and open. Smile, greet with a professional handshake and make eye contact. Be positive because your attitude will show through everything!