As many prepare this week to head back to school, there are others who are embarking on that scary but exciting new venture of their first real job. Margaret Batting Image Communications has joined us again today for another “Mondays with Margaret” segment to discuss how to stand out (for the right reasons) when you are new to the office.
8 Ways To Impress During Your First Week
Starting a new job can be overwhelming and stressful. You are meeting new people daily, developing a relationship with your new manager, maneuvering through company policies and procedures, setting up your office, and figuring out the expectations of your new role. Just trying to remember everyone’s name your first week can be a job onto itself. Now layer on top the pressure of making a great first impression, and you can have one stressed out corporate newcomer!
Follow these 8 tips, and you’ll look like you’ve been on board for months.
- Check out the attire of the people one or two positions above you, and dress as they do. If the company is business casual and they wear a jacket, then, wear a jacket or blazer.
- Focus on the details of your appearance; don’t come to work with your hair wet. Get a professional haircut, and style it before you leave home.
- Wear makeup to complete your look. Lipstick, blush, and mascara can make a world of difference.
- Skip the flip- flops for commuting to work. Instead, wear ballet flats that coordinate with your outfit, and change as soon as you reach your office lobby. You never know whom you will run into in the elevator.
- Focus on your body language. Non-verbal communication can either support your image or hinder it. Stand and sit up straight but maintain a relaxed feel. Walk with confidence. Smile, make eye contact, and deliver a strong handshake.
- Remember details matter. Press or iron your clothes. Tailor them to fit you perfectly, and select the highest quality clothing you can afford. It’s better to have 5 high quality classic pieces that can stand the test of time than a wardrobe filled with shabby clothes.
- Carry your portfolio or notebook at your side and not in front of you like you are still in school.
- Lose the backpack computer bag. Nothing says newbie like a backpack!
Acting on any of these tips will ensure that you are ready to focus on the new job you have earned.
As I discussed in my first post, Margaret is offering a 10% discount to all of my readers with the code Styles I Like for her two introductory services. Thank you, Margaret, for your fourth post! I look forward to your next installment.
Note: This post was sponsored by Margaret Batting Image Communications.