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Making a good start in a new job
You never get a second chance to
make a first impression
Importance of First Impression
First impression
First Impression
 Never under estimate the impact of first impressions.
 The first few days are when your boss and colleagues
form the most lasting impressions about you.
 First impressions about you and your future potential can
make a major impact on your future success with the
organization.
 First impressions about people often turn into long-term
perceptions and reputations.
 Good for people who make positive first impressions -
the halo effect but
 Bad for people who make negative first impressions - the
horn effect
The good news is that
Most employers realize that there is a
learning curve for most positions.
There is often an unofficial grace period
while you settle into your job.
How to make a great first impression
when you’re starting a new job?
Making a great first impression
Have a positive
attitude
Be punctual
Take notes Be a good listener
Have a good
attendance record
Dress
professionally
Show your
team spirit Show genuine
appreciation
Avoid office
politics and gossip
Find a mentor
Learn colleagues
names quickly
Be organized
Ask questions
Ability to work
under pressure
Keep personal
work to the
minimum
Keep track of your
achievements
Take the initiative
Positive Attitude
Have a positive attitude
Nothing works better in all situations than
having and expressing a positive attitude.
Let your enthusiasm for being part of the
team and the organization show.
Always leave non-work problems at home.
Dressing professionally
Dress professionally
 Never underestimate the importance of dressing
professionally in your new job.
 In the beginning, even if your department has casual
days, you should dress professionally because you
never know when you’ll be called out to meet a top
manager or key client.
 Perfectly groomed means efficient and reliable in work;
unkempt means disorganized and therefore difficult to
trust with different assignments.
 After awhile, people realize these things do not
necessarily correspond, but initially, your looks and dress
are your representation to them.
Team Spirit
Show Your Team Spirit
You are now part of a team, and teams
work together to solve problems and get
the job done.
Show loyalty to your colleagues and focus
more initially on sharing any recognition
you get with the team.
Always give credit to the team.
Remembering names
Learn your colleagues names
quickly
No one expects you to remember
everyone’s name by the end of the first
day or week
But if you are bad with names you can use
some memory-aid tricks to remember
names.
If you are in a situation in which you
forget a person’s name, the best solution
is to simply apologize and ask the person’s
name again.
Ask questions
Ask questions or for help
 No one expects you to solve all the organization’s
problems on your first few days on the job.
 Nobody expects you to know everything.
 So, relax a bit, and always ask questions or ask for
help when you need it.
 Remember that it’s better to ask before you’ve
completed the task the wrong way and wasted all
that time.
 Communicate openly with colleagues and
supervisors.
 Keep your ego at home.
Make Notes
Take Notes
Make notes on all the various systems
and rules of the organization.
Attend all orientation/induction sessions.
Nothing is more irritating than a person
who repeatedly asks for the way a system
works in the organization.
Display initiative
Take the initiative
In your first days on the job, you will be
given small doses of work.
As you finish assignments and are ready
to handle a bigger workload, take the
initiative and ask for more assignments.
Be proactive and volunteer for
assignments
Be Punctual
Be punctual
Your reputation takes a beating if you
routinely come to work late or leave work
early.
In the first few days/weeks on the job, be
sure you get to work early and do not
leave earlier than when the majority of
your co-workers leave.
In the beginning, be totally dedicated to
being there all the time and picking up as
much as you can possibly handle.
Good attendance record
Have a good attendance record
It is very important to show up to work
every day and establish a good attendance
record.
Save the leave entitlement for emergencies
and sickness.
Avoid office politics
Avoid office politics and gossip
Disassociate yourself from the office
politics and gossip to avoid being branded
as ‘political’.
Stay out of the office politics as long as
you can.
Inevitably you will get exposed to it and
may also participate in the same
eventually.
Avoid personal work
Keep Personal Business on Company
Time to a Minimum
 Keep your personal work to the minimum and
stay focused on your work.
 In the initial few weeks especially, keep away
from all personal work on company time like

Checking personal email

Chatting on the internet messenger with
family/friends

Booking personal air/train tickets on the net

Making personal phone calls – local and
international

Chatting with family and friends on the phone
for a long time
Be a good listener
Be a good listener
Resist the temptation to come across as a
‘know-it-all’
If you have a legitimate contribution,
make it, but if not, do more listening and
absorbing in the first few days on the job.
Track your achievements
Keep track of your achievements
It is up to you to keep track of your
achievements.
No one else will do it for you.
Helps you in the following ways:

for personal satisfaction

for annual appraisals and

for future job-hunting
Show appreciation
Show appreciationShow appreciation
Show your genuine appreciation to

everyone who has helped you to learn the job
It can be your boss, colleagues or the HR
department.
Be organized
Be organized
Use an organizer to keep track of daily
activities.
A ‘To Do’ list will help organize and
prioritize tasks on a daily basis.
Last but not the least……
Find a mentor in the organization
Find a mentor
 A mentor is a person who shares his experience,
knowledge and wisdom about the workplace in
general.
 Typically a relationship between a senior manager
and a junior employee.
 A person who provides advice, guidance and
counselling.
 Enlist the support of a senior manager ideally
from another department.
Thank You

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Making a good start in a new job

  • 1. Making a good start in a new job
  • 2. You never get a second chance to make a first impression Importance of First Impression
  • 4. First Impression  Never under estimate the impact of first impressions.  The first few days are when your boss and colleagues form the most lasting impressions about you.  First impressions about you and your future potential can make a major impact on your future success with the organization.  First impressions about people often turn into long-term perceptions and reputations.  Good for people who make positive first impressions - the halo effect but  Bad for people who make negative first impressions - the horn effect
  • 5. The good news is that Most employers realize that there is a learning curve for most positions. There is often an unofficial grace period while you settle into your job.
  • 6. How to make a great first impression when you’re starting a new job?
  • 7. Making a great first impression Have a positive attitude Be punctual Take notes Be a good listener Have a good attendance record Dress professionally Show your team spirit Show genuine appreciation Avoid office politics and gossip Find a mentor Learn colleagues names quickly Be organized Ask questions Ability to work under pressure Keep personal work to the minimum Keep track of your achievements Take the initiative
  • 9. Have a positive attitude Nothing works better in all situations than having and expressing a positive attitude. Let your enthusiasm for being part of the team and the organization show. Always leave non-work problems at home.
  • 11. Dress professionally  Never underestimate the importance of dressing professionally in your new job.  In the beginning, even if your department has casual days, you should dress professionally because you never know when you’ll be called out to meet a top manager or key client.  Perfectly groomed means efficient and reliable in work; unkempt means disorganized and therefore difficult to trust with different assignments.  After awhile, people realize these things do not necessarily correspond, but initially, your looks and dress are your representation to them.
  • 13. Show Your Team Spirit You are now part of a team, and teams work together to solve problems and get the job done. Show loyalty to your colleagues and focus more initially on sharing any recognition you get with the team. Always give credit to the team.
  • 15. Learn your colleagues names quickly No one expects you to remember everyone’s name by the end of the first day or week But if you are bad with names you can use some memory-aid tricks to remember names. If you are in a situation in which you forget a person’s name, the best solution is to simply apologize and ask the person’s name again.
  • 17. Ask questions or for help  No one expects you to solve all the organization’s problems on your first few days on the job.  Nobody expects you to know everything.  So, relax a bit, and always ask questions or ask for help when you need it.  Remember that it’s better to ask before you’ve completed the task the wrong way and wasted all that time.  Communicate openly with colleagues and supervisors.  Keep your ego at home.
  • 19. Take Notes Make notes on all the various systems and rules of the organization. Attend all orientation/induction sessions. Nothing is more irritating than a person who repeatedly asks for the way a system works in the organization.
  • 21. Take the initiative In your first days on the job, you will be given small doses of work. As you finish assignments and are ready to handle a bigger workload, take the initiative and ask for more assignments. Be proactive and volunteer for assignments
  • 23. Be punctual Your reputation takes a beating if you routinely come to work late or leave work early. In the first few days/weeks on the job, be sure you get to work early and do not leave earlier than when the majority of your co-workers leave. In the beginning, be totally dedicated to being there all the time and picking up as much as you can possibly handle.
  • 25. Have a good attendance record It is very important to show up to work every day and establish a good attendance record. Save the leave entitlement for emergencies and sickness.
  • 27. Avoid office politics and gossip Disassociate yourself from the office politics and gossip to avoid being branded as ‘political’. Stay out of the office politics as long as you can. Inevitably you will get exposed to it and may also participate in the same eventually.
  • 29. Keep Personal Business on Company Time to a Minimum  Keep your personal work to the minimum and stay focused on your work.  In the initial few weeks especially, keep away from all personal work on company time like  Checking personal email  Chatting on the internet messenger with family/friends  Booking personal air/train tickets on the net  Making personal phone calls – local and international  Chatting with family and friends on the phone for a long time
  • 30. Be a good listener
  • 31. Be a good listener Resist the temptation to come across as a ‘know-it-all’ If you have a legitimate contribution, make it, but if not, do more listening and absorbing in the first few days on the job.
  • 33. Keep track of your achievements It is up to you to keep track of your achievements. No one else will do it for you. Helps you in the following ways:  for personal satisfaction  for annual appraisals and  for future job-hunting
  • 35. Show appreciationShow appreciation Show your genuine appreciation to  everyone who has helped you to learn the job It can be your boss, colleagues or the HR department.
  • 37. Be organized Use an organizer to keep track of daily activities. A ‘To Do’ list will help organize and prioritize tasks on a daily basis.
  • 38. Last but not the least……
  • 39. Find a mentor in the organization
  • 40. Find a mentor  A mentor is a person who shares his experience, knowledge and wisdom about the workplace in general.  Typically a relationship between a senior manager and a junior employee.  A person who provides advice, guidance and counselling.  Enlist the support of a senior manager ideally from another department.