Let’s face it, anyone you ask will admit that walking into a new job is incredibly daunting. You’re surrounded by lots of unfamiliar faces, in a large office building that’s completely alien to you and you can’t quite recall the names of the last five people you were introduced to…We’ve all been there.
But – That very first impression that you make will determine people’s perceptions of you going forward, so it’s very important to show you’re a true professional from the moment you step foot in the door. Easier said than done, we know. However, we at SFR pride ourselves in offering a range of value-added services to our candidates, to develop themselves as both individuals and professionals in order to take on such challenges like a true winner.
We’ve gathered up 4 sound pieces of advice for making a fantastic first impression that will work wonders for your future success…
- Be confident about introducing yourself. Being shy and timid isn’t really going to get you anywhere. Whether you’re sitting in reception or walking passed people in the corridor, get acquainted and say hello. This shows you’re self-assured and outgoing, two essential characteristics for any successful business person.
- Familiarise yourself with colleagues and their responsibilities. In the first few weeks of any job, you’re going to need to complete tasks that will often involve collating information from other individuals. Let your brain act as a sponge and learn who the go-to person is for each relevant matter. Not only will this help you to get to know others a little quicker, it will enable you to do your job far more efficiently.
- Arrange some time with your manager. Sitting down with your boss to understand your targets and objectives for the first quarter, second quarter and so forth, will enable you to gain an understanding of your manager’s expectations of you. You want to prove yourself, so dive straight in, but be sure to gather as much information as you need first, in order to do the job correctly.
- Actions speak louder than words. You explained why you would be perfect for the job during your interview. Now it’s time to get to work and show them that you really are an excellent team leader. Start straight away, let them see what a great investment you were for the business.
Settling into a new role does take time and managers do understand that there’s so much to take in, so don’t panic. Just follow our advice and in time, you will figure out where the stationary cupboard is and how your boss takes her coffee!