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Creating a great first impression when starting a new job

Congratulations! You’ve landed yourself a new job, taking an exciting next step in your career. It’s now time to start considering how to make a great first impression. Here are our best tips and advice.

  • Get to know your new company

You will likely have done a certain amount of research about the business during the interview stage. It is now time to delve a bit deeper to help you get a head start. Take a look through social media, press releases and news articles, to get a real feel for what is happening currently in the business.

  • Make the first move with your new team

Building relationships within your team can ensure you start off strong in your new business. Offer to make your team a brew, get to know each person’s role, and start to build a picture of different personalities and dynamics. If the structure allows for it, and it would benefit your role, be proactive and ask for a quick orientation meeting with key people within the wider business.

  • Ask questions

Use the first few days to be a sponge, taking in every bit of information you can. Nobody is going to pull you up for asking too many questions and shows you’re eager to get a greater feel of the business and how they work.

  • Dress appropriately

At your interview, take a mental note of how other people dress and adjust your attire to suit. Is it smart casual, business dress or just casual? This will help you to strike the right balance to fit in with the culture of the business.

  • Take notes

As well as mental notes, take lots of actual notes, especially within the first week. This doesn’t necessarily just mean taking notes on how to do different tasks, but also about who people are. If a name is mentioned, ask who that person is and what their role is, it might come in handy going forward as it may be someone you need to work with.

  • Get involved in staff events

If your business is the kind to hold staff socials make sure you get involved. It is a great way to interact with people that you wouldn’t necessarily talk to otherwise. Not only that, but who says business needs to be all work and no play? This kind of perk can be fun and help to make your work environment a much happier place as you get to know people a little better.

We hope you found these tips useful and we wish you every success in your new job! You’ve got this!

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