In the professional world, and just in general, first impressions are SO IMPORTANT! Today, I had my first training for my night teaching job at Oklahoma City Community College, and I knew I had to bring it! To me, “bringing it” means many different things that I’d like to share with you:
- Come AT LEAST 10 minutes early. I like to show up 15 minutes before I am supposed to be there. Punctuality was a skill I struggled with in the past, so I have to make a big deal about it to go against that unfortunate flaw of mine!
- Wear something professional, conservative, and appropriate for the occasion, BUT don’t forget to show a little bit of your personal style! (My first day outfit picture is down below!) Also, even in summer, cardigans are a good idea to combat the chilly AC blast in most buildings!
- Personal hygiene is a must! Make sure you are clean, and makeup and perfume shouldn’t be too overpowering!
- Bring something to take notes with! I use a lovely leather Pierre Belvédère mini portfolio with a built in notepad, and I always stick two pens in, just in case one dies.
- Read and reread your emails so that you bring everything that is required for that first day.
- Keep a friendly and professional attitude! Ask questions and show that you are willing to put in the work!
- Try to learn names as early as possible. It helps me to use people’s names a few times in conversation to make it stick.
- Blouse: Actually a WalMart find from high school!
- Cardigan: Ralph Lauren
- Pencil Skirt: Loft
- Pumps: Nine West
- Necklace: Loft
- Purse: Coach
There are several more things I could talk about, but those tips always help me make a good impression in a new environment. Comment with your favorite ways to “bring it” and make a fabulous first impression!
Good luck with any new jobs or classes this fall!