How to Make a Lasting Impression During Your First Week at Work

New JobCongratulations! You landed a job at a great company in a role that you have been dreaming about for months. The amount of time devoted to crafting your resume, researching the company history, and extensive interviewing has paid off. Now, your first day starts Monday and you are wondering how to make a lasting impression with the rest of your new team members. In order to set yourself up for success, there are a few ways we suggest to help you get through your first week on the job:

  1. Introductions: The first week can be overwhelming due to the sheer fact of the number of people you meet throughout the day.  Whenever you see someone you haven’t met yet in the break room, hallway, or perhaps in the elevator, smile and introduce yourself.  Taking the initiative will not go unnoticed.
  2. Write Things Down: Whether it may be the expectations of your boss, upcoming ideas you have for the role, or names of the employees that may be hard to remember- keep these things documented.  Write down little things that arise throughout the day or any questions you may have. At the end of the day as you reflect, it will be easier to recall the day’s objectives and how to move forward.
  3. Ask Questions:  During the first week and few months, situations or projects will develop in which you are not sure how things are done and that is perfectly fine. Every company is structured differently, so go ahead and ask questions along the way. Your boss will appreciate your inquiries, instead of it being done incorrectly.
  4. Beauty Sleep: You will not look or feel your best unless you get enough rest. First impressions are key and by getting between 7-8 hours of sleep per night will be beneficial. Happiness is proven to be linked to productivity, so living a healthy lifestyle can help you advance in the corporate ladder.
  5. Be Social: Get to know your coworkers and your boss on a personal level, so you can develop a deeper understanding of the company culture. At the end of the day, ask them about their weekend plans or invite them out to lunch so you can get to know them a little better.
  6. Dress for Success: The old saying, “you never get a chance to make a second first impression” could not be more accurate, so during your first week on the job, if you are going to act the part, you have to look the part. Learn the dress code and stick to it!
  7. Update Your Social Media Presence: Update your new title across all of your Social Media accounts. Check with your boss if there any specifics to include that fall in line with the company guidelines. Start connecting with your team members and start engaging with your company’s Social Media accounts as well.

When all is said and done, a smile goes a long way. Being open to new challenges and keeping track of the company’s objectives can help you better understand your role. If you have ideas of how you made a lasting impression during your first week at work, let us know!

About TRC Staffing Services, Inc.

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