Congratulations! You’ve made your way through the application and interview process and secured a brand-new job. But now it’s time to face the music and show up for your first day. Here are a few tips on how to get off on the right foot and make a good impression as you launch your new career.
#1: Arrive On Time
It seems pretty straightforward, but it’s crucial: Be punctual on your first day. You don’t want to arrive anxious and frazzled. Set aside enough time for a nice morning routine, including a hearty breakfast and picking out the perfect outfit.
Make sure you also leave enough time to get to the office, get through traffic, and park if you’re driving your own car. If you’re using public transit, choose which bus or train you’ll be taking well before you leave.
#2: Be Friendly and Courteous
On your first day, it’s normal to be a little nervous and overwhelmed. After all, you’re learning to use company software, figuring out how to get around the building and navigate company processes, and probably filling out paperwork as well.
But one of the most important things you’ll do on your first day is to meet your coworkers and colleagues. Make sure to take a little time out of your busy first day to get to know them.
#3: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
You might be tempted to “fake it ‘til you make it” on your first day, but remember, you’ve already been hired! It’ll serve you much later on if you ask questions early. Whatever you’re confused or unsure about, don’t be afraid to ask.
The sooner you can feel comfortable, the sooner you can start doing a great job.
#4: Organize Your Space
Being comfortable in your workspace, whether it’s a coworking space, office, cubicle, or desk, is a key aspect of doing well at your new job. Take some time out in your first few days at work to personalize it so everything you need is at your fingertips.
That way, you’ll work more efficiently and confidently.