First Impressions: Bring It!

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. 

Above is the outfit I chose. Working in education gives me a bit more freedom, but I kept it pretty professional with a slight personal touch!

  • Blouse: Actually a WalMart find from high school!                                                                   
  • Cardigan: Ralph Lauren
  • Pencil Skirt: Loft
  • Pumps: Nine West
  • Necklace: Loft
  • Purse: Coach

This is how I take notes! 

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!

💕Shelby 🎀

2 thoughts on “First Impressions: Bring It!

  1. those are excellent tips for your first impression. and many people forget that having a professional appearance includes your note-taking devices and anything extra you carry along (bags, water bottles, etc.). but it’s evident you didn’t neglect to keep that in mind. I hope your teaching job goes well.


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