5 Ways to Make a Good Impression at your New Job

Starting a new job can be terrifying. Even if you aced the interview and you’re looking forward to getting stuck into the work, that first few days in a new environment can feel pretty nerve wracking. Here are five ways you can make a good impression not only to your new boss but also to your new coworkers:

  1. Turn up on time! It sounds simple, but over the years I’ve seen so many people rock up late; anything from five minutes to a couple of hours late. Sometimes lateness is unavoidable; traffic, delayed trains, whatever. But I would be willing to place money on the idea that 99% of lateness is avoidable, and really if you want to make a good first impression, get there five minutes early.
  2. Remember that if you over dress, you can always dress down a little when you arrive. But if you under dress it’s hard to smarten yourself up when you get there. If you’re not 100% sure on just how casual the dress code is at your new place of work, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. If you turn up looking over smart, they’ve probably seen it a hundred times before; everyone in the room probably did that themselves on their first day. If you turn up looking not smart enough though, that makes it look like you don’t care and nobody will be impressed. A nice Tumi briefcase can be a great way to smarten up your look whilst still looking stylish and fresh.
  3. Bring treats. If you’re working in an office environment, it’s a safe bet that your new colleagues will appreciate some treats. Bringing a tray of donuts or some homemade treats in the first couple of weeks will be sure to get your new colleagues onside. Even if they’re all health freaks and can’t eat the goodies, they’ll appreciate the gesture and the effort you’ve gone to.
  4. Display a “can-do” attitude. Starting a new job can be daunting, and it can be hard to take in all the different processes and procedures. If you need to, take notes so that you can come back and check through them later, or work from crib sheets. Asking questions is good and shows willing, but avoid saying things like “I don’t get it” or “none of this makes sense.” Instead, say things like “could you just clarify this bit again” or “I’m not too clear on this part.”
  5. Understand the culture. Some places are very serious, and not somewhere you should ever consider having a laugh and a joke. Others are fairly laid back with people cracking jokes chatting. It’s important to gauge this, as well as the general feel of your place of work, before making any mistakes! Walk around and get familiar with the feel of the place; it might seem different to how it came across when you were here for your interview. Fitting in with the culture of your new place of work can be hugely important. If you’re invited to socialise in a bar or other venue at lunch or after work, it’s always a good idea to show willing and go along.

Starting a new job can be fairly daunting, but by doing a few simple things you can help to make sure you settle in well and quickly.

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at

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