First Job? Show Professionalism Beyond Your Years

There are many positive opinions about millennials and how they are impacting our society for good. But unfortunately, there are some stigmas against millennials in the workplace. As a new grad with a new job, you do not want to be roped in with experienced employees’ negative perceptions of the generation. You can combat these stereotypes even on the first day on the job by conveying confidence and professionalism. Follow these tips for making a solid first impression as a new grad:

Show Up on Time

Arriving late to your first day at work is not a good way to start your career! Not only is it disrespectful to your new supervisor, it will give your coworkers doubts about your value as a new teammate. Sometimes things happen that are beyond your control, but you should at least call your supervisor if something happens.

Smile and Use a Firm Handshake

Nothing says “confident young professional” like a smile and a good handshake! Use both when you’re meeting new coworkers and supervisors to convey your confidence, readiness and excitement.

Remember Names

You will be meeting a lot of new people during your first day at work – remember their names! It may seem like a daunting task if you have a lot of colleagues, but learning everyone’s name is not only good manners, it’s a great way to show you’re excited to be part of the team. Try using memorization tricks from school or turn to LinkedIn or your company’s website in case someone’s name eludes you.

Dress to Impress

One of the easiest things you can do to make a good first impression is to dress professionally! If you work in a business professional environment, respect the rules and wear a suit. If your office is business casual, learn what that means to your company and adapt. Many think newer employees can be notorious dress code violators, so simply following the dress code will help you stand out as a young professional.

Put the Cellphone Away

It’s hard to meet new coworkers or show you’re dedicated to your work if your smartphone is glued to your hands. Lock your phone in your desk to help fight the temptation to check Facebook, send a tweet or respond to your friend’s text. After all, you are at work and should be focused on your tasks.

Starting your first job is definitely nerve wracking, but by following these tips, you can help fight negative perceptions about new grads in the workplace and ensure your first day will go without a hitch!

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