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Success At Work

Your first day: making a positive first impression

Your first day: making a positive first impression

While first impressions are important, don’t stress yourself by worrying about them too much. You’ll have time to build up credibility as your co-workers and managers get to know you better. Here are some tips to consider:

Arrive on time: give yourself plenty of extra time to get ready and to travel. If you feel comfortable doing so, introduce yourself to others. Demonstrate enthusiasm for learning. Listen carefully and have a pen and paper handy so you can make notes for future reference. No one expects you to know all of the answers, so don’t be afraid to ask questions when you are uncertain. Asking questions demonstrates your genuine interest in the job and the organization.

Try to convey a positive approach and a friendly, courteous, and open attitude. Be sure to attend all orientation sessions.

Don’t worry if you don’t make a “perfect” first impression. If you show enthusiasm, keep an open mind, get to know your co-workers, and do your work well, you’ll be on your way to making a lasting positive impression.

University of Waterloo

Centre for Career Development