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Make the Right First Impression

Author: Laurie Knafo/Thursday, September 04, 2014/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Congratulations! You’ve got the job! Now it’s time for the real work to start. You have the skills and the background, so start your path to success with a great first impression at your new company. It may sound trite, but those first impressions will be lasting impressions, and getting off on the wrong foot can take months to correct. Keys to a great first impression aren’t difficult, but they are important!

  1. Arrive on time! Have you ever heard the famous quote, “early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable!” – Never does this apply more than your first day on the job. A punctual arrival shows you are organized, energized, and ready to work. Nothing makes people think you don't value their time more than making them wait! On the flip side, at the end of the day - don’t be the first one out the door. As time goes by you'll learn the habits of your new coworkers and the general office hours of the company and your department.
  2. Dress professionally. The first day at work is not the time to try that new trendy hair color or your edgy outfit. Error on the side of conservative dress at the start of your new job. As you become more comfortable in your position, and with the company culture, you'll know if you can relax your dress code or be more creative with your attire choices.
  3. Show off your friendly smile! Say hello and smile at everyone you meet. It's important to appear open to conversation and eager to tackle that new assignment. A positive attitude is about the most important first impression you can make!
  4. Don't make this personal. Your first few days on the job are not the times to let your new coworkers know that you are fighting with your spouse or going through a messy split with your roommate. Leave your personal baggage outside the office door and dig-in to the new tasks at hand. Clear your mind of personal clutter so you can prove to your managers that they made the right decision by hiring you.
  5. Please and thank you. It's your first day; ask for help. You will need guidance to get on track with new computer systems and job expectations. Be sure to thank those who lend a hand and take their time to get you up-to-speed. A thank you with a smile goes a long way in making a lasting impression.
  6. No need to be discouraged. Everyone was the new guy once.
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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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