You landed your new job! Congratulations!
You probably sit there with a feeling of mixed emotions all the way from excitement to horror. You’re starting into a new role, take new responsibility – you need to show yourself. Not only do you need to ace the job you’ve been hired to do, you also need (or probably would want) to impress your new colleagues at work. Your first appearance plays a huge role, so make sure that it will be a good one.
With this article, you should be well on your way to ace the look. Your abilities and talent will do the rest.
Look for the dress code
It may sound obvious to you, but you need to make sure to stick to the general dress code at work. If your new role requires more of a formal dress code, then you need to make sure that you’ve got a pair of pressed trousers and a dress shirt ready for the big day, your first day at your new company. If the looks rather lean towards the smarter and more casual attire, then perhaps you should opt for a sweater and chinos instead.
Always bear in mind that both formal and informal dress varies a lot too. Always check your surroundings. Will a dress shirt be okay? Should you wear a full suit? Do you need to add a necktie to the outfit? Your job interview probably gave you some good pointers on these. You’d want to fit in and not be pointed at on your first day at work, so be dressed appropriately. Don’t overdo, but don’t slack off either.
Rather overdress than under-dress
If you’re just not quite sure of what to wear for your first day, as you may not have noticed the dress code at work, then rather be safe than sorry. It is better to be a bit overdressed than under dressed. If you for instance think that a formal dress code is required, but you aren’t quite sure about whether you should add a necktie to the look, then throw it on anyway. Overdressing a bit just shows that you care about the new role that you’ve been given and how you chose to present yourself.
If on the other hand the dress code seems a bit more relaxed and business casual is the look to opt for, then try to keep it as smart as possible and opt for clothing like a dress shirt with an open collar instead of the good old polo-shirt in your wardrobe.
Interchange into a casual dress code gradually
If the dress code leans more towards the business casual look, the term itself can be interpreted differently from one company to another. A relaxed outfit at one workplace may actually be one that is too sloppy at another. While the typical outfit at one workplace may involve khakis, teamed up with an open collared shirt, it could be jeans and polo-shirts at another. In these kind of situations, take a bit of time to settle in at the new workplace before you stretch as far as throwing on jeans for work.
If you are one of the gents who cares about what you wear when you’re not at work, then feel free to allow this to reflect in your work-outfit. Use this opportunity to show glimpses of your own personality through striking socks or novelty cufflinks. This is a great way of personalizing your own look and allowing others to get a better feel for you on a personal level.
Be aware of piercings and accessories
The outfit itself plays a striking role in the first impression that people get of you, but you also need to make sure that your accessories don’t ruin it for you in the final round. Don’t overdo with piercing and accessories. Put on a watch and very little jewelry. Skip the piercings. If you insist on your piercings however, don’t add a watch and other accessories. Lip piercings are however a no-go at most workplaces, but other piercings could work. That is, if you tone them down.
We’d recommend you to play it safe in the first week at your new workplace. You’ll quickly get a feel for the general dress code at work, and what dress code is appropriate. Once you feel yourself settling in, you can then ease things up a bit, if you feel there is room to do so.