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How to Present Yourself in Job Orientation

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Orientation for a new job is an opportunity to make a good impression on co-workers and superiors. According to the Society of Human Resource Professionals, around 93 percent of organizations hold some type of new employee orientation to train and acclimate new employees. Orientation may last a little as a few hours to as long as a few months. Presenting yourself in a positive way during your new hire orientation increases your chance for success as you start your new job.

Set Your Alarm

One of the worst things to do during your orientation is to walk in late. Know the start time and plan ample time so you can get there early. You will feel less nervous by not rushing through the door. Arriving early will also give you a chance to mingle with other new hires before orientation begins. Avoid missing any work during orientation. If an absence is unavoidable, ask when you can go over the information you missed.

Dress for Success

The way you dress on the job makes an impression with others. If you show up unkempt and sloppy, your new boss may view you as disorganized and careless. By dressing professionally and paying attention to details with your personal grooming and accessories, you will feel more confident and appear more capable. Be careful not to overdress or wear something provocative, as that draws negative attention.

There's No "I" in Team

Stay positive during orientation, and don't talk over others or be the one who always has the answer. Be respectful and listen when others talk. As you meet other employees, learn their names and their role in the organization. When they assist with training or answer your questions, give them credit for their help. Avoid office gossip and steer clear of office politics during orientation.

Stay Awake

Thoroughly research the company before your first day to get a jump start on the company's history and organization. Show your interest during orientation by taking notes and asking questions. Participate in group discussions and try to give meaningful input. While some parts of orientation may be boring, resist the urge to zone out and let your mind wander.


Sharon O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work has been published on various websites, including Walden University's Think+Up. She has worked in international business and is a licensed customs broker. She is currently a supervisor with a social service agency that works with families to prevent child abuse and neglect. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in business from Indiana University.

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