New Job: 5 Ways to Impress on Your First Day

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Oct 13, 2015 8:34:00 AM

In ICS insights

When you were going through the recruiting process, you were able to impress the hiring manager and human resources professionals enough to get the job.

Now that all of work to attain the job has been done and you are a part of the team, it is time to go in and make a great first impression.

Here are five ways to impress on the first day of your new job.

1. Be Enthusiastic

Being enthusiastic and optimistic in the business world means showing a desire to learn, and a dedication to excelling on the job. People who exhibit positive attitudes have a tendency to look for approaches that achieve great results and are often very successful in making lasting good impressions. From day one to the day you retire, always show plenty of enthusiasm for your work.

Your first day at any job and at any level is going to be stressful. But when you take a smart and proactive approach, you can use that first day to establish a successful career.

2. Focus on Learning the Ropes First

A common misconception about making a good first impression at a job is that you need to volunteer for every new duty the moment you start.

If you really want to impress your new manager and co-workers past the very first day, then you must continue to ask questions (see rule #2) and learn how your job is done before you get in over your head by taking on too much. 

If you try to take on things you do not understand or that you can’t handle on your first day, then you run a very real risk of making life difficult for your co-workers and most importantly, yourself. You could make a series of mistakes that will take weeks to correct, and that is not going to make anyone happy. Your best approach is to show that you are learning the ropes, and that you are more interested in understanding your job than getting in over your head.

3. Show Up With at Least One Good Idea

After you have gone through the recruiting process, you know what is going to be expected of you when you sit down at your new desk on your first day. You should take the time before that first day to put together at least one really good idea to share with your manager that can save your new employer time and money.

Your new idea could relate to the new work you will be doing, or a trend that the company can utilize to its advantage in staffing, or a process that could make things run more efficiently. In order to do this you have to do some research on competitors in your industry and the company you are starting with. Then you can come into that first day with an idea that will impress everyone.

4. Remember Names

You will be introduced to a lot of people on your first day on the job, and you can impress management and your co-workers by remembering names.

Working on memory skills is something that will benefit you throughout your career and not just on the first day of a new job. This allows you to have an advantage over others in your field. Try to take notes to remember the names of all the people you meet, or at the least ask for their business cards so you can commit the names to memory later. On that first day, you can make a lot of important friends by simply taking the time to remember people's names.

5. Listen & Ask Good Questions

One of the more common approaches people take on their first day is focusing on their job and learning what they are responsible for.

This is an excellent approach, but you can take that a step further by constantly asking significant and applicable questions about how your job affects the rest of the company, and what management feels you can do to make your job more efficient.

In fact, asking questions to learn more about the company and your job is something you should do throughout your career. Even seasoned professionals can show interest in what they do by trying to learn to be more productive on the first day of a new job.

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