You’ve recently been hired at a new job, and today is your first day at work. You’re feeling excited and a little anxious at the same time. Naturally, you want to make a good impression and make a good start. Here are a few tips to make the first day on the job a good one.
Give yourself plenty of time in the morning to get ready and for the drive to work so that you’ll arrive at least 15 minutes early. You don’t want to be late on your first day. You never know what unexpected things will pop up that may delay you, or what the traffic will be like.
To save time, you may want to lay your clothes out the night before and gather whatever items you plan to take along with you.
It’s also a good idea on the first day to dress more on the conservative side. You want to look as professional as possible to make a good impression.
Again, being professional is the watchword here, especially on your first day. Put your cell phone on mute and avoid making any personal calls, at least until you gauge what the environment is like. Even if you see coworkers making personal calls, you are the new guy or girl and need to watch your behavior until you get to know them better and they get to know you, and you become more integrated as part of the group.
And until you get a better feel for the culture of the company, definitely avoid things like shopping online.
Another priority for the first day is getting to know your coworkers. Take every opportunity to introduce yourself to other employees. Tell them a little about yourself and what your job is, and ask them about their job and if they have any advice for you. Don’t be shy about asking questions. In any new job there is a lot to learn, and everyone realizes that on the first day you have a lot of new information to absorb.
At the end of the day
Don’t make a beeline for the exit at quitting time. It’s not a good look, especially on the first day. Hang around for a little while, and use the opportunity to chat with people.
Take some notes about what you learned during the day related to policies and procedures and any other information that you think is important. Also, jot down any questions you may have so that you don’t forget to ask them the next day.