Graduate and Professional Studies

Whether it’s your first career job or your first day in a different department, one thing is certain: making a good first impression is key to setting you up in good stead at the office. 

While that can be an intimidating prospect, you shouldn’t worry! Getting off on the right foot is not as difficult or as daunting as it may seem. Here are three simple tips to help you start your new job just right.

1. Have A Positive Attitude

You’ll most likely meet all of your colleagues within the first week of working a new job. So, show them your good side! Let your enthusiasm for your new position shine through, without being overbearing. A smile will go a long way. Try to strike a balance between a bright, positive attitude and a calm, professional tone. 

Of course, you want to show that you’re happy to be part of the team, but be sure to deflect any gossip or rumors that you may hear – including any office politics that you may be tempted to get swept into. You want to avoid anything that may damage future relationships with your new colleagues.

2. Take Notes And Ask Questions

Everyone has had the first day at a new job, and everybody knows how overwhelming it can be. That’s why neither your boss nor your colleagues will expect you to understand everything about your new job straight away. 

On your first day, you are likely to be taken on an orientation of your workspace. You will be made familiar with social spaces, offices, management, etc. Making notes will help you remember all the new information, but don’t be afraid to ask questions, too. 

Asking your co-worker to remind you where they keep the coffee during your first week isn’t something to be embarrassed about. The more questions you ask now, the easier it will be to communicate to your colleagues when you need help in the future.   

Asking questions will also show your colleagues that you take action to solve a problem, instead of suffering in silence and producing bad work.

3. Get Organized Right Away

Pretty soon, you will be swamped with new projects and assignments, so don’t set yourself up for failure. Getting organized within your first week will allow you to have a clear mind (and clear workspace) for your first assignments. 

Setting healthy work habits from the start – like checking your email every morning and making notes of meetings as soon as they are arranged – will allow you to thrive at your job. It can also help to set a few goals on your first day of a new job, to remind yourself what you’re working towards when the going gets tough. 

If you’re looking to make a career change or your new job requires that next degree, we encourage you to visit our GPS programs, tailored to working professionals!  

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