YOU NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION!
Cliché, but true. Much of your success on a new assignment depends on
the impression you initially make. Follow these 'first-day-on-the-job'
tips to elevate your chances of finishing a rewarding assignment.
- Dress for success. Dress conservatively - make sure
you know the corporate dress code, and err on the side of being
conservative. Your appearance should always be neat - make sure clothing
is clean and pressed and not too revealing.
Be mindful of your cologne; too much can overpower the senses, and can
even cause an unintended allergic reaction to a co-worker.
- Get a good night's sleep before every work
day, but especially on the first day of a new assignment. You'll look
refreshed and you'll be sharp and alert.
- Be pleasant, but not overly chatty. It's great to
get to know your new coworkers, but save visiting time for lunch or a
break. Everyone will get some work done and you won't be perceived as
- Listen carefully when a project or assignment is
being explained to you. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and don't be
afraid to admit if you don't understand something.
- Arrive early for your new assignment and make sure you
understand the directions to the location. If you're not familiar
with the area, it doesn't hurt to find the location a day or two before you
- Stay busy. When you finish a task, ask what else you
can do. Never sit idle; it gives the impression that you lack motivation.
- Never leave without saying goodbye. You likely will
need to have your timesheet signed, anyway, but always announce your
departure. It's good manners and promotes the impression that you are not