First Day On The Job? Here Are 3 Tips For Making A Good First Impression


So you’ve landed a new gig! Now what?

New jobs can be intimidating and can take you out of your comfort zone, but they also mark the beginning of a new journey. It’s a big change, but with a little preparation, you’ll quickly adapt to your new position.

It’s important to lay a solid foundation early to create a great first impression and ensure you’ll have the resources to succeed early on – and there are some things you can do even on your first day. Here are 3 ways to make the new job transition as smooth as possible!

Dress to impress

As Oscar Wilde says, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” You’re meeting everyone for the first time, so you want to look the part. The general rule is to dress one level above the dress code – for example, if there are people wearing jeans, stick to business casual attire until you have met everyone and are more comfortable with the work environment. It’s important to present yourself as a professional first – there will be time to relax and get to know your colleagues on a more personal level later.

Remember names

When you meet a whole group of people at once, it can be very overwhelming. To help you remember them later on, try to jot down a notable thing about each person, such as what they’re wearing, their hair colour, their specific role, or an interesting fact about them. You can also try creating a mini map of where people sitting to help you learn names. The quicker you get to know your coworkers and what they do, the easier it will be to reach out for support in your new role, so be sure to lay the groundwork early on!

Be available

Everyone is busy and has work to do, but you’re new and people will want the chance to get to know you! Do your best to make yourself available to chat with them, or schedule a coffee meeting. For example, not wearing headphones will show coworkers that you’re welcoming and friendly. This will show your colleagues and managers that you’re not just here to put in the hours – you’re invested in the company and are eager to be a part of the team.

What’s your biggest fear when making a first impression – and how do you deal with it? Tell us below!

About the author

Marcy McMillan is a high energy and idea-oriented communications professional. Her objectives include utilizing public relations and communications skills developed through education and experience to make a difference in a stimulating and challenging environment that provide opportunities for continued learning and new experiences.