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Make a Great First Impression at Your First Job

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It's a tough economy for recent grads, so congratulations on finding your first job out of college! In the first few weeks, you may feel overwhelmed as you transition into your new position—but don't stress! Here are tips for making a great first impression at your first job.

Don't be late!

Plan to arrive at your new place of work on time or even a little early on your first day.

Dress appropriately

Typical workplace attire can range from a suit and tie to jeans and a t-shirt, but dressing too casually or too revealing can leave others with a bad impression. Dress professionally at first (think interview attire), and by the end of the first week, you'll know whether or not more casual attire is accepted.

Ask questions & take notes

Until you know the ins and outs of your new position, ask plenty of questions and take notes! This way, you won't have to ask your manager the same question multiple times and you won't forget any of your assignments

Take initiative

Your employer believes you will be an important contributor to their team. So, don't be afraid to speak up in meetings and offer your opinion in a respectful way. Ask what you can do to help the team—and volunteer to complete or contribute to projects. Go above and beyond your initial position's requirements to stand out and take initiative. This is a chance for you to learn and grow as a young professional and show your manager that you're not afraid to take on challenging projects.

Starting a new job can be overwhelming and even a little intimidating. But with these tips, you'll start your new position off right! Good luck!

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