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Being Hired is Only the Beginning

Congratulations! They offered you the job and you accepted. What happens now is up to you. One of the biggest factors in your future success is the impression you make on other people. These tips will help you get off on the right foot.

Why creating a good impression matters

The first few days in your new job set the tone for the months and years that follow. Your new colleagues are deciding what they think of you and your abilities. At the same time, your new employer is looking for reassurance that they have employed the right person.

How to make a good impression

  • Be punctual, especially on the first day.
  • Be professional and businesslike from the moment you arrive on the premises. You only get one chance to make a good impression.
  • Make an effort to understand the culture of the organisation. Learn how things happen, and why. Assimilate as much as you can, although avoid going along with anything that compromises your own values.
  • Work hard. Show your employer and your colleagues that you value the job.
  • Remember that you still have to prove yourself. Winning a job is no reason to take things easy, especially if there is an initial probation period when you are under close scrutiny.
  • Look smart, and dress appropriately at all times. If there is a relaxed dress code, that does not give you permission to be sloppy or careless about your appearance.
  • Be enthusiastic and positive. Your manner affects other people. Nobody wants to work with someone who seems unhappy about being there.
  • Ask questions. If there’s something you don’t know, the best way to find out is to ask. Other people, especially your new boss, would rather you ask questions than pretend to know something you don’t.
  • Get to know the people around you. This doesn’t mean that you have to become everybody’s best friend. What’s important is showing an interest in them and quickly learning the basics such as their first names and roles in the organisation.
  • Avoid gossip and office cliques. Often the least successful people in a new office will seek out the new employee to bolster their ranks. Don’t fall into a bad crowd.
  • Avoid being a know-it-all. Prove yourself by your actions rather than your words.
You should also read Top tips for selling yourself and visit our Careers Advice section for related articles.

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