In the workplace, people tend to form their opinions over what type of worker you are based on initial impressions. It only takes minutes for people to make judgments about your character and work ethic, that’s why it’s important to make a good first impression at work.
By making a positive first impression, people who are about to start working in a new company will have an opportunity to start afresh, while those who are just about to dive into the professional world will get the attention and respect that he or she deserves early on in their career.
Here are some tips on how to make a positive impression at work.
Be on time
Being punctual sends out the message that you respect the company and that you are considerate of your co-workers’ time. On your first day, arrive at least 20 to 30 minutes ahead of the start of the workday. Later, be observant of what time everyone leaves—you don’t want to be the first one out of the office.
Observe proper office etiquette
This means keeping your mobile phone usage to a minimum and setting the ringer at a low volume. It also means answering the phone in the proper way and keeping your work space neat and clean.
Find out your company’s dress code and plan what you’ll wear to work on your first day. Make sure that your clothes are clean, freshly pressed, and have no holes or rips. Be well groomed and use fragrance sparingly. Also, be modest in your attire, so in no way should you flaunt your cleavage, legs, midriff, or back at work.
You don’t want to known as the office’s Sullen Sally, don’t you? So make a positive impression by smiling and being enthusiastic. However, keep chatter to a minimum and respect your co-workers’ time.
It may be tempting to tell your co-workers all about your divorce, your debts, or your fight with your significant other. But if you don’t want to be viewed as immature or irresponsible, avoid sharing intimate details about yourself in the workplace.
For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s tips on how to create a great impression at a job fair.