Pop the champagne! You finally landed that job you’ve been interviewing for, and you’re about to start your first day. You know that the key to a successful transition is demonstrating quality, thoughtful work, but so is making a positive impression with your new coworkers. After all, you’ll be working with them every day. How do you make a positive impression in a new job?
First impressions in the workplace are just as lasting as they are during interviews, so be cognizant of the impression you give off. People will be more likely to trust you, respect you, and be friendly to you if you get started on the right foot. Here are seven tips to make a positive impression in your new work culture:
Arrive early, stay later when possible
You don’t want to be ‘that guy’ who always walks in late and is constantly finding excuses to leave the office an hour early. For the most part, people tend to pick up on your attendance habits within the first few days. You might find yourself in the occasional moment when you cannot help but be late. Being mindful of this will show those around you that you are responsible and you can handle simple expectations such as punctuality. Also, you are more likely to be included in office coffee runs or dinner after work if you’re present – a great way to start building those relationships.
Dress to impress
No one is going to take you seriously if you show up to work in a wrinkled blazer, crooked tie, and ankle socks. Having a clean overall appearance will enhance your professionalism. Ultimately, this leaves a more positive impression on your office peers. You don’t need break-the-bank designer suits, but make sure your clothes fit you properly, fit the vibe of the office culture and are dry cleaned every once in awhile.
No one likes a wise guy. It’s great to feel confident in your new role, but remember to show the proper respect to veterans in the office, especially when it comes to the people you report to. Learn from them and follow the decisions made by your superiors. Ask questions respectfully when you don’t understand a task you’ve been given.
Keep personal life separate from work
As time goes on you will get to know your coworkers better, but to start it is generally better to avoid mixing work and personal life. Share enough about yourself to start cultivating meaningful relationships, but don’t go overboard. If you have a personal matter to attend to, make sure to do it quickly and quietly, or away from the office.
Don’t be afraid to stick your hand out first for a handshake, propose project ideas, or ask your peers questions. Asking questions shows you’re trying to learn. Engaging with your work will show others that you are eager to be there. Just remember, no one has ever been successful by sitting back and waiting for someone else to make a move.
Make an effort to get along with your colleagues
You’re at work to do work, but that doesn’t mean you should only keep to yourself. It helps to get along with the people around you. Ask if anyone needs an extra set of hands on any of their projects. Offer favors like covering for someone while they are out of the office, and be an active participant in meetings. If there’s an office gathering after work, try to go to those to make stronger connections.
Have a positive attitude
As an organization, you and your team are striving toward a common goal. It is important to always stay positive even in challenging moments, because it’ll help everyone to move forward. In addition, having a ‘can do’ mentality gives off positive vibes, which will only help you and those around you.
Being the ‘new guy’ has its challenges. If you embrace it the right way, you’ll integrate into the office culture before you know it. Present yourself in a way that is positive and helpful from the beginning. You’ll definitely have an easier time getting along with your team or co-workers.
Making the right impression at your new job can make your adjustment to your new role an easier transition. What are some things you keep in mind when entering new work environments? Let us know on Twitter and follow us on LinkedIn to see open tech roles that might be a great fit for you.