First impressions are everything

When you are starting a new job, it can seem as if everyone is sizing you up in order to put some sort of label on you—and frankly, they are. It’s called ‘first impressions’ and they can make a monumental difference in your career success.

Why are first impressions so important? Because what you say—in action, attitude and appearance—creates a perception about you that can stay with you for years to come. If you want to make a positive impression with your new coworkers, you have to be intentional about it! Here are some hints on how to make sure you’re sending the right message:


  • Be punctual and put in a full day’s work
  • Listen more than you speak
  • Learn about your new employer and the way things work
  • Know your colleagues’ names and roles
  • Stay productive, avoid personal distractions
  • Treat colleagues with respect
  • Don’t engage in office gossip 
  • Speak positively about how things are going
  • Ask questions when unclear and take notes to retain information
  • Don’t wait to be asked, take initiative 
  • Follow through on projects and deadlines
  • Set goals for yourself and measure your progress
  • Ask for feedback and constructive criticism
  • Don’t bring personal problems to work 


  • Maintain a positive attitude about your job and others
  • Take the attitude of a student, not a ‘know it all’
  • Show enthusiasm about new projects or initiatives
  • Display confidence rather than uncertainty


  • Dress professionally (err on the conservative side) 
  • Keep yourself well-groomed 
  • Maintain a confident disposition
  • Keep an upright posture and good eye contact 
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area

Your actions, attitude and appearance all play a part in first impressions. Make sure you’re sending the right signals to your new coworkers!