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How to make a good impression in a new job

We all know that old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Creating a great first impression at your new teaching job can make a big difference to your success. So, how do you ensure you make that first impression count?

December 06, 2021

We all know that old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Creating a great first impression at your new teaching job can make a big difference to your success. So, how do you ensure you make that first impression count?

 

1. Be punctual and dress appropriately

Now, this may sound like an obvious one, but make sure you double-check what time you’re due to start on your first day. Your educational institution may want you to arrive early on the first day so they can show you around; you don’t want to be late for that!

Check any information you’ve been sent regarding the dress code. Some educational institutions may have specific rules for how their teachers and support staff should dress; perhaps including how much jewellery is appropriate, or what colour your shirt should be. If you didn’t receive any information about the appropriate attire, go with a conservative dress code until you’re clear on what it should be.

 

2. Get to know everyone

Developing effective and productive working relationships with all your colleagues is the key to being successful in any work environment. As a teacher new to the school, and beyond, you’ll be looking to those around you for support, collaboration and inspiration. Spend time getting to know everyone you’re going to be working with, including your classroom colleagues, the administrative staff and the support team. You’ll gain a lot of respect if you learn your colleagues’ names quickly, this will help you build rapport and create a good first impression with them.

 

3. Ask for help if you need it

So, you’ve completed your induction, been shown around the buildings and been introduced to other people, all whilst listening carefully and making notes. No matter how attentive you were, you’ll no doubt find yourself at some point unsure about how a particular process or system works, or where to find something; the key is to not be embarrassed and ask for help. Nobody is expecting you to remember everything, plus your induction is unlikely to have gone through absolutely every detail you need to know either; feel free to ask lots of questions. Remember, the school’s administrative staff are there to assist teachers, so enlist their help and expertise.

 

4. Be patient, be positive

With any change of job, there’s always a transition and learning period. There will be new things to get used to in your new institution and this can often bring challenges. Try to approach these challenges with a smile on your face, even if you make a few mistakes. Your colleagues were once new and will understand that someone new to the school isn’t going to get everything right first time. Having said that, if you adopt a negative and moaning attitude as a new member of staff then your colleagues will find it far more difficult to accept your errors or try to help you.

If you’re not the only newbie, why not get together with other people who are new to the school or college and look to develop relationships with them. Together you can share any concerns you have and find solutions. Above all, stay positive and keep smiling!

 

5. Be yourself!

There’s a reason you got this job in the first place, so you shouldn’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Go ahead and let people see the skills and experience which secured you this role. After all, you’re your best asset!

 

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