Remember… first impressions matter!!
THE INC. LIFE
Certain actions can give off the impression that you’re less competent than you really are.
By Peter Economy
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Even though we all have first-day jitters, there are some things that we can do that make us seem more experienced than not. Regardless of how prepared you are for the role, certain actions can give off the impression that you’re less competent than you really are. What are the things that make you seem inexperienced on the first day of your new job? Check out the top 7 here.
1. Going out the night before
If you’ve been out and about the night before, it always shows. You’ll be less attentive, alert, and able to respond. Don’t risk one night of fun for a potential career–even if you think it doesn’t, it’ll show.
2. Jumping in before you’re ready
Even if you think you can, don’t embark on a task without making sure you completely understand the instructions, and that you’ll be able to execute what your boss is asking for. Otherwise, he or she might think that you’re unable to exceed the expectations they had in mind.
3. Dressing incorrectly
Whether it’s overly dressing up or down, the way that you present yourself your first day immediately shows whether or not you’ll be able to fit in at the office. Make sure that you know what kind of image the company is trying to project of itself, and dress your part.
4. Being negative
Before the rest of the office knows how eager and positive your demeanor may normally be, showing a different kind of attitude the first day of work definitely leaves a negative impression. Take care not to be negative, or to avoid any kind of complaining while you’re going about your first day.
5. Acting overeager
Even if you are enthusiastic, there’s something we all dislike about the person that tries too hard. Show that you’re able to complete everything the company asks and demands of you, but don’t go too overboard.
6. Not admitting your mistakes
Even though we all are sure to make mistakes when we just start somewhere, being able to own up to them and amend for them correctly is an important skill that only the most professional of employees possess. Don’t make the rookie mistake, and own up to them too.
7. Talking trash
There’s nothing someone dislikes more than someone who runs their mouth at any chance they get. Don’t be that person in the office. And definitely don’t be that person on the first day.
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PUBLISHED ON: APR 20, 2017