Now that you have the job, allow us to give you a few tips that will make your first day a good one.
Your first day at a new job can be a daunting experience that could possibly be likened to first date jitters. Will they like me? What should I wear? What if I come across as too eager? Do I play it cool or not? HELP! Sounds familiar? Stay calm, a knotted stomach and sweaty palms does not have to be the order of the day. We have five simple steps for rocking your first day on the job!
1. Arrive Early
Being on time to work is a no-brainer. Aim to arrive at least 10 minutes early and use this time to gather yourself and your thoughts. Arriving to work late gives a bad impression and it’s likely to leave you feeling disoriented for the rest of the day. If you happen to arrive earlier than you had anticipated don’t be that weirdo lurking outside the office, rather park in a parking lot away from the company or grab a quick coffee.
2. Introduce Yourself Confidently
Taking the initiative to introduce yourself to everyone will leave a good impression and have you feeling confident. Shake as many hands as possible and if you’re prone to forgetting people’s names just play it cool and say ‘Sorry if I forget your name! I’ve met about a hundred people today’. It works like a charm! By offering a genuine smile and sparking dialogue with fellow co-workers, it shows that you are approachable and willing to be cooperative.
3. Ask Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions on the first day. Your future self will thank you for becoming acquainted with simple things like where the tearoom is or how soon a task should be completed. It’ll show that you’re interested and eager to progress. If you are unsure about something, routine questions such as ‘Is this what you’re looking for?’ will spare a lot of embarrassment as opposed to doing the complete opposite of what was expected of you. Your goal is to demonstrate that you can quickly get up to speed with things and make real-time adjustments to your work.
4. Listen And Observe
Listen well and be prepared to take a lot of notes so you can refer to them later. Take a notepad with you everywhere, and jot down questions and answers that you might need in future. Nobody likes a know-it-all, so if you think that you have a better method or understanding of a concept, never say it on your first day. Rather take a step back to learn and observe the processes of the company and hear about the goals your boss has in mind.
5. Project High Energy
Smile, stand upstraight and be welcoming. Being enthusiastic on the first day will go a long way in showing your boss that you have the right attitude for the job. Everyone wants to work with enthusiastic, upbeat people instead of human sloths. The start of a new job is when most people are enthusiastic and it’s important to keep that same energy everyday. Embrace the fact that you actually got the job and begin with high spirits!
Words by: Jamie Lawrence