How To Make A Sterling First Impression
Be early! Nothing says laziness like being late on your first day. That said, you don’t want to be sitting in a dark lobby two hours before it opens. Arrive 15 minutes before your start time to show your enthusiasm.
Overdress on your first day. It is better to make a fantastic first impression than leave your managers wondering what they hired. Are you a kitten or a lion? Polish your talons and lick your mane to be sparkling ready.
Take notes. People expect you to take notes. This is your opportunity to learn as much as you can as quickly as you can from the person who knows what this role is all about. You are not going to remember every single thing they say so it’s important to make your own notes to refer back to in the future.
Study the job description. If you are lucky to have a guide book outlining your responsibilities and the processes and procedures for the office, study and get to know it ASAP. The sooner you understand how the office runs, the sooner you can start producing and become part of the team.
Ask questions. This is the time to ask. If something does not make sense, or needs clearing up, ask now and not assume someone will be able to assist you in the future. You might be left to your own devices.
Offer to take on new responsibilities. Show initiative. Once things are making sense to you, offer to take them off your trainer’s plate. The only way you will become comfortable with any new responsibility is to do it. Your trainer will be impressed that you are willing to take over immediately; and if you make a mistake the first time, someone will be there to assist you.
I am excited to be your new CFO and look forward to many funny and informative blogs. Do you have a question for me? Test my prowess and email any career questions or conundrums you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to purring with you again soon!!
Peetie J. Alexander, CFO