How to make a good first impression

What type of a first impression do you think that you make? 

When looking for a job you only get one chance to make a good first impression. In this article we outline some top tips to ensure that you make a good first impression.

1. Written applications

Applying for a job by letter, email or online? Remember that even before the employer has begun to read the content of your CV or application a first impression will already have been formed. This impression could have been formed based on things such as procedure and the visual look of your application. For example, if you failed to follow the application procedure listed in the job advertisement this will be noted and you will have already made a bad impression. Similarly, if the visual look and style or your application is poor then you will have made a bad first impression.

To avoid this try to ensure that you follow the application procedure stipulated in this job advertisement and that the application is visually appealing. You can improve the visual appeal of your application by adjusting the balance between text and white space, shortening paragraphs, adding headings and using bullet points.

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2. Telephone or face to face situations

First impressions are also important in telephone and face to face situations. To ensure that you make a good first impression you should:

  • Be able to show your knowledge of the subject area/industry
  • Be courteous and polite
  • Use practical examples to demonstrate your employability

If you are having a telephone interview try to make sure that this location is free of distractions and noise such as TVs and radios. For more tips on telephone interviews check out:

In face to face situations the first impression we make is often not something we say, rather it is communicated non-verbally in our appearance, gestures, facial expressions and movements. It is therefore important to ensure that you dress appropriately for interviews and think about the gestures, facial expressions and movements that you make.

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First impressions are important when looking to find employment. Thinking about how you can make a better first impression could dramatically improve your chances of securing employment in Zambia.

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