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How to make a good impression at your new job

Sep 15, 2019

Making an impression at a new job can be difficult, but Orla Brosnan says anyone can do it in eight easy steps.

Starting a new job can be intimidating. You are entering into a new workplace, where you are not only expected to learn the ropes of your new job and deliver excellent work, but you also have to learn the culture and dynamics in your new work place. Here are eight steps to making a good impression.

Arrive prepared

Making a first good impression starts long before you arrive at your new work place. You should have already done your homework during the interview process, but there is a lot more to learn once you are on the inside. Learn as much as you can about the company. Google the people you will be working with.

However, the way to learn the true company culture is not in a book or training video but by seeing it in action, and learning the ropes from your coworkers; they will teach you the way things really work in the company. Your coworkers are your life line in your new job.

Positive attitude

Nothing works better at making a great impression than having a positive attitude. Let your enthusiasm for your new job shine through with your interactions. Leave personal problems at home.

For each person you meet, try to collect a business a card or jot down a few notes and fact about them. Occasionally study the notes as a reminder of the new people on the team. This trick can help familiarise yourself with team members at a faster pace.

Dress for success

Wearing clothes you feel confident and polished in at work can affect your posture, your mental well-being and how others interact with you. Check the dress code for the office. If it is normal business attire, invest in a new well-tailored suit, ensure your trouser or skirt length is appropriate and your shoes are polished and in good condition. Personal grooming is essential. Ensure good posture and open body language, and greet everyone with a smile.

Ask questions

Never be afraid to ask questions and take notes. You might feel like you are a nuisance, but they will appreciate the fact that you are making an effort to learn. If you have a lot of questions, it might be best to schedule a short meeting to discuss at a convenient time.

Getting to know the decision makers

By identifying and getting to know the key players in the company, you will get a sense as to how they will influence your job and career. They are instrumental in your career progression, promotions and pay rises – they may even be a future mentor. By getting to know them from the very beginning, will make a lasting impression and will be sure to be on their radar.

Stay away from office politics

Stay away from office politics for as long as you can. On your first day, listen 90% of the time and talk just 10% of the time. If you have a legitimate contribution, make it; if not, just listen to those around you.

Track your accomplishments

From the very start of your new job, track your accomplishments. There may be so many different projects going on that it becomes difficult to remember everything you have accomplished over time. This is very important for your annual review process and wise to start early.

Say thank you

Show your appreciation to everyone who helps you learn the ropes in your first few days, from your coworkers to receptionists to human resources. Be considerate, respectful and honest with others in your work environment. Mind your manners and be courteous at all times.

Remember: relax, keep an open mind, get to know your team members, do every task to the best of your ability. This is what will help you go far and make a lasting impression.

Orla Brosnan is the CEO of the Etiquette School of Ireland