You already know the importance of first impressions. Now that you have been hired, you are once again going to be faced with trying to look good on your first days with a new employer and co-workers.

You may be somewhat nervous, and if you’re like most people, you tend to make more mistakes when you’re anxious. Your new co-workers and bosses will probably be understanding about your initial jitters. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be under a microscope. They will be making judgments about the type of person you are and whether you take yourself and your job seriously.

Yes, first impressions are important because they often become lasting impressions. You get one chance to make a good first impression.

Here are a few suggestions to help you.

Dress professionally

People make a judgment about you within a few seconds of meeting you, and the way you dress can have a significant impact on that first impression. Those in your new environment could equate appropriately dressed and groomed with efficiency and reliability, while unkempt might indicate you’re disorganized and possibly untrustworthy.

Show up with a good attitude

Everyone’s first impression of you will be bolstered if you arrive at your new job with a positive attitude. Concentrate on showing your enthusiasm for this opportunity to be part of a team that works together to solve problems and get things done. Be sure to listen and absorb during those first days. It’s okay to contribute an opinion; however, do more listening or you could run the risk of being seen as a know-it-all who’s looking for attention.

Ask questions, then show gratitude

Ask questions those first few days on the job. You aren’t expected to know everything, and it’s better to communicate and ask questions than to head off in the wrong direction trying to complete a task.

Show your appreciation to everyone who is helping you learn the ropes during your first days. Giving recognition to those who are helping you to adapt to your new job will go a long way toward making a good first impression.

Find the right job and make your impression

Finding your way through the job market can be a tricky and time-consuming process. When you work with a staffing company, they can add significant value to your job search and your career. Stride Staffing’s goal is to build stronger connections between employers and individuals by doing staffing differently. Really. Contact us today or search for a new job here.

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