First of all, take a moment to congratulate yourself again once more. You’ve done it; you got the job! Now that you’re done patting yourself on the back, it’s time to tackle your first day. You’ve won them over in the interview, and whatever other processes you had to go through. However, your first day is where you want to reinforce to them why they decided to pick you. If you’re feeling nervous about your day, in some ways that’s a good thing. It shows you’re a caring person, and that this job is really important to you. Try not to let the nerves get the best of you. Remember, they picked you because you’re damn good at what you do. Check out these tips to help you make a good impression on your first day at the new job.
- Be well presented
Depending on what your work place is like, you’re going to want to look professional. However, if you’re office is more laidback then try blend in with the others at the work place. If you’ve already done a trial day, or can remember what people were wearing at the interview, use that as your guide. For example a digital design agency may be significantly more relaxed than a solicitors.
- Learn and remember names
When people introduce themselves to you, try your upmost to remember their names. If it’s a large office, then you can sort of get a way with not remembering everyone’s names. However, if it’s a small team then you should really remember their names from the word go. Jot it down on your notepad if needs be as it will help while you’re learning names as a list to refer to.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
You may feel like you’re pestering people, but they expect you to ask questions. You’re not going to be a wizard on the first day. It takes a lot of learning and discovering before you know how to work your magic. It’s better to ask about a task you’re unsure of before going through with it and doing it wrong. You’ll just end up wasting a lot of time, when you could’ve been put on the right path after a few moments of inquiring.
- Positive attitude
Don’t sit around with your head in your hands whatever you do. By giving off an impression of positive attitude, people will start to like you. Let your enthusiasm shine through to everyone you’re working with. You also want to make sure you’re positive about the organization you’re working for. Everyone prefers a pleasant individual to a nasty one.
- Do your research
Before your first day make sure that you’ve found out as much as you possibly can about the company or organization. It will look very professional and organized, as you’ll prove to them how dedicated you are to your new job. It will also give you a stepping ground to join in conversations about clients or projects, as you’ll have done your background research.
- Team spirit
You want to show everyone that you’re a team player from the word go. It may seem difficult on the first day, as you’re so busy trying to get to grips with everything. But show loyalty to your team and share any recognition with you get with everyone.
- Be organized
This may come naturally to you already, or it may be something you need to work on. Keeping organized is vital, especially on your first day. You’re going to feel a bit bombarded with new information. But, by keeping notes and records of everything you learn you’ll be able to use it as a reference in future dates. Make sure you keep track of meetings, appointments and projects. Invest in your own diary so that you can back up your dates in there. If you’re really trendy there are plenty organizer apps for your phone you can use instead!
- Keep your boss in the know
Although your boss may be wonderful, they can’t read your mind. Make sure you voice to them exactly how you’re feeling and doing. If there is only a minor problem you’re struggling with, ask a co-worker instead. You want to make sure your boss knows your hard working. Take initiative and go for things. You’ll leave a positive stamp on the team after the day is over, and they’ll be satisfied knowing they made the right choice in hiring you.