Monday, October 25, 2004

Make Them Love You Before Your First Day

Note: I have not found permalinks available for MyYahoo! Daily Tips from HotJobs, so I am reprinting the entire article here. - DAJ

How to Make a Powerful First Impression at a New Job: Make Them Love You Before Your First Day

by Alexandra Levit


Great work -- you've been hired by the company of your dreams!

But you still have work to do. Between your acceptance and the end of your first month on the job, it's critical that you make a stellar first impression.

Once you've done the appropriate paperwork for your acceptance, contact the hiring manager and recruiter. Thank them again for the opportunity -- and ask if they have any material to share that will better prepare you for your first day. From general company information to background reading on your position and projects, these documents can help you get up to speed before you get to the office.

Plus, by asking for advance reading, you'll show your manager how proactive and competent you are.

Want to continue wowing them once you arrive? This week, Job Tip of the Day shows you how to make a powerful first impression at a new job.

* Tuesday: "Dress for Success"
* Wednesday: "Nail Those Initial Interactions"
* Thursday: "Harness the Power of Observation"
* Friday: "Be on Your Best Behavior"

Alexandra Levit is the author of "They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World" (Career Press 2004). Before starting Inspiration@Work, an independent marketing communications business, Levit worked for a Fortune 500 software company and an international public relations firm.

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