Starting a new job?

If you are at all a career-minded individual, then you’ll know the benefit of making the right first impression, this is even more important during that first week on the job.

Rest assured, during this time your co-workers, line managers, senior management team or the head will form an initial opinion of you, the secret is to make this opinion a positive one. Don’t worry, it’s easy to make a good first impression and remember to avoid being over critical of your own performance, your managers and co-workers will surely give you the space and freedom to explore your new role and environment, there is always an adjustment period.

Be confident and decisive

  • A positive attitude to challenges will assure co-workers and you’ll look great and feel even better – even if it’s only temporary.
  • Be jolly, engage with your co-workers and relax, let your true self shine and you’ll see how receptive people can be.
  • Don’t panic, ever!
  • Dress appropriately for the environment and stay well-groomed, regardless of the dress code.

All of the above, however simple will help you settle in to your new workplace.

Make yourself available

  • Be willing to take part, it will help you become part of the team.
  • Share their team spirit, embrace the culture, it will go a long way towards making a great first impression.
  • Try to remember co-workers names and roles.
  • Get involved, try to work with co-workers in solving issues.
  • Praise the team (even if you did most the work).

Seek advice and assistance

  • Being confident is one thing but avoid being arrogant or too confident, even if it’s quicker or better doing something alone, always look to involve others.
  • Remember, every job is different and no one expects you to know it all, always ask questions so you know what’s expected of you.
  • Be open-minded and remember ‘every day is a school day’ and being open to change is never a bad thing.

Tip: Ask questions (lots of them), ask for help when needed and learn from the people around you.

Work Hard

  • Arrive early, stay late, this shows you’re a winner and not a lazy bum.
  • Demonstrate dedication, this tells your co-workers you’re smart and willing to work hard.

Ready, steady, go!

  • Show initiative, be resourceful! Of course you will have a specific role and definitive responsibilities, but outside of those, go ahead and show them what you’re made of!
  • Look to start a project, prove you can work off your own motivation.

Finally, show gratitude and appreciation for the chance you’ve been given and let others know. It will go a long way in building relationships with co-workers.

Cassidy Education Ltd can assist you in your job hunt or transition. We understand education and educators, we are a boutique recruitment agency and pride ourselves on our ability to work closely with both clients and candidates. For more information on our services, contact us at 0207 692 0701 or email us now.

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