Hi I just graduated from college and am one of the lucky ones I guess because I
have a job offer. I am supposed to start working in the marketing department next
week and I have no clue what to expect — and more importantly what they expect
of me. How can I make a good first impression? I really want to succeed in this
The Career Doctor responds:
Wanting to make a good first impression with your new employer is very
smart thinking. As with any situation people often take short-cuts in making
conclusions about people — and first impressions can make or break your
future in any organization. Now don’t panic. I’m not necessarily talking
about work expertise first impressions as I am attitude first impressions.
Most employers don’t expect new employees to solve all the company’s
problems the first day; however the way you handle yourself around the
workplace is of vital importance and does indeed start the first day.
So what are some ways to make a good first impression? I don’t have
room for all my suggestions so here are the most important:
- Have a positive attitude. Nothing works better — in all
situations — than having and expressing a positive attitude. Don’t be
afraid to show your enthusiasm.
- Dress professionally. Never underestimate the
importance of dressing professionally in your new job especially in
those early days.
- Show your team spirit. You are now part of a work
team and teams work together to solve problems and get the job
done — so become a good teammate.
- Learn names quickly. Nothing says disinterest as
quickly as someone who can’t seem bothered to remember anyone’s
name so if you have trouble learning names you might want to try a
memory aid — and at least show you’re trying.
- Ask questions. You are not expected to know everything
so don’t be afraid to seek out help and ask questions of your co-workers
and your boss.
Being the newest member of the organization — the rookie — is both a
challenging and exciting time. Just relax and remember to make the best
first impression you can.
You can read all 20 of our tips for making a good first impression by reading the latest
article published on Quintessential Careers
Your First Days Working at a New Job: 20
Tips to Help You Make a Great Impression.
And check out the new Workplace Resources section of Quintessential Careers.