First Impression

Source: Iheartit Edited: Claire Rebecca

If you follow me on twitter you will know, I HAVE A NEW JOB. Well technically I have an old job - I've returned to my old office and old team in London but this time I'm taking on a new into role! It's so lovely to be back with old friends and somewhere I feel comfortable, but fantastic to take on some new challenges this time! But even though I've worked there before, first impressions are still important.

You've heard the phase first impressions count, and for years I hated this saying, always believing it really takes time to get to know and judge a person. But as I've matured in this scary adult world I've come to change my mind. I will now go to the extent in saying first impressions are VITAL. 

Almost every human being, myself include make judgments on people within the first 30 seconds of meeting them. Our brains quickly process the new person and we place that person in a box on how who we perceive them to me. Now this does change over time, as you get to know a person, but that first impression never really disappears. It only morphs and changes a bit as we perceive more of who a person is and what they are like. 

So when it comes to professional situations its VITAL to make that first impression the right one. Who ever you are meeting, be it your boss or your colleagues or even the post man, remember that the impression you give in that moment will haunt or favour you for a while after. 

This can seem very daunting, but I've put together a little list of things that can help you make the first impression you want! The things that people pick up on in the first pick up on fall into two categories; Appearance and body language. So here's a few tips to help you;

Keep it  simple: If it's your first day on the job, keep it simple. Simple outfits are easier to polish and remain polished throughout a working day. So pick an outfit that doesn't require 100 buttons, obsessive layers or accessories. Go for a simple dress, or a pair of trousers and a blouse. This way you can keep your look maintained during the day as you're bound to be meeting lots of new people on your first day.

Don't make a statement: Yes, it's important to show your personal style, but don't use your first day in a new office to make your fashion statement to the world. Theres time for that down the line. So don't go crazy with colours or ridiculous shoes, play it safe. 

Be fragrant: Nerves are obviously going to play a factor when you're starting somewhere new, so make sure you're wearing a good amount of deodorant and pack it in your purse incase of SOS moments during the day. And pick a perfume thats suitable, the human brain remembers scents vividly so pick something you want people to remember, not your grandma's old musk! 

Polished: the little details make you look well put together, so make sure your nails aren't chipped, maybe go naked nails incase they chip during the day. Or try some false  tips to add a bit of glamour. A bit of colour always helps too - a nice tan makes you look healthy and happy.

Body language
Smile darling: When you smile, your whole posture changes. Your shoulders relax, you stand up straighter. So not only will you look engaged and positive on the first day, you will also look elegant and relaxed. People respond so much better to a smile than to a grumpy old pout. 

Shake hands: I always make a point of this. When meeting someone for the first time, offer them a handshake, don't wait for them to do it. By making physical contact, you're automatically more approachable and memorable to new people. Also if you're the one to offer your hand first, you will look assertive and confident too.

Eye contact: This is so key... when talking to someone or being spoken to, engage them in eye contact. Not the whole time or you will look crazy, but make sure you make eye contact at least 4 times a minute. A good tip is to make sure you have eye contact when you introduce your name, this way you're more memorable and they're less likely to forget your name.

So I'm sorry this was a really long post. But I thought it would be great to share some of the things I've picked up over the years and it can be so scary meeting people for the first time. I hope these tips are useful weather you're starting a new job, going for a interview, or even going to a new school.

So best of luck - I'm sure you'll shine! 
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