How To Make The Best First Impression In A Professional Environment
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How To Make The Best First Impression In A Professional Environment

Cicely McFarlane October 31, 2022

No matter who you are, everybody starting a new job in a new environment will face certain fears and anxieties. It is completely normal to experience these feelings as you enter the unknown. But there are ways to ensure you make the best first impression.

However creating a good impression is of course important in order to portray who you are and what you bring to the table for this job opportunity.

This can be a challenging aspect to achieve especially when nerves and stress levels are involved.

Below are some tips on how to create the best first impressions, and how to calm yourself before entering a job interview or your first day at a new job.

They Are Just Like You

Going in with the mindset that the people who you are going to be surrounding yourself with have all experienced their very own first day, workplace embarrassment, and being the new person in the office, can help bring a sense of calm to your day.

You will get to a stage during your work life journey where you are no longer the new person, as you start to form friendships, workplace relationships, and memories with your colleagues.

But for now accepting that you are the new person in the office, that you aren’t going to get everything right immediately, and that every single person surrounding you has been in the exact same place that you are is an important mindset to go in with.

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Understanding that it will take some time for you to be able to thrive at the job you are doing, as you adapt to a new way and system of doing things and being in a new environment in itself.

Cutting yourself some slack and accepting that time will be your best friend and the best way to learn will create a healthy mindset to have in your work environment.

Don’t Be Afraid To Speak Up

Even though you are new to a workplace environment this does not stop you from being yourself.

If you have questions you must ask them, you are free to express who you are and your personality as openly as you wish to be.

Asking questions instead of doing the wrong thing is of vital importance. People will respect you more if you are proactive and ask questions that you don’t necessarily know the answers to in order to stop yourself from making future mistakes.

Be Proactive

At the end of your first working week, or whatever time that you feel is enough for you to be assessed on. Sit down with your manager or colleagues and ask if there is anything more you should be doing, anything that they can assist you in that you may not be the best at , and just general updates on how you have been so far.

This will show a keen initiative on wanting to improve and many will be impressed that you are open to constructive criticism.

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Cicely McFarlane is a 23-year-old Graduate from Cardiff University. She has an undergraduate degree in History, and has just completed her master’s in Journalism, Media, and Communications. Whilst studying, she contributed to the Student Newspaper, as well as the student magazine named Quench. This fuelled her passion for writing further and enjoys reviews on the latest trends and TV shows, as well as commenting on important issues that occur today. She is a content writer for Freshered Magazine for over a year where she specifically tailors and creates articles for the Freshered audience. She is excited to grow as a journalist as she continues to expand her topics and horizons.