You want to make a fantastic impression on your first day. Or at least, not to get too much stuff wrong. Believe it or not, it’s possible to thoroughly enjoy the experience, and build on it in the coming days, weeks and months. These tips will help you from that all-important day one.
You are what you wear
This might be just a case of checking what the dress code is, if there is one. You certainly want to be well presented as it will give you a confidence boost and help you impress all the new colleagues you’re going to be meeting. You’re representing yourself, your team and your new company, so be smart about it.
Get there early
This may sound basic, but work out which train or bus you need to catch, or where you can park. You don’t want to be caught offering excuses because you were stuck in a traffic jam. Plan this part, and you will have one less thing to think about on the day.
The workplace, especially if it’s your first, is almost designed to make you nervous. So just remember that everyone will feel the same on their first day doing new things among new people. You’re not expected to know it all, so just be friendly and start learning straight away.
You’ll be introduced to people by your manager, but say hello if you meet other people too, whether you are trying to use the coffee machine or you have got lost looking for the kitchen. Keep eye contact, smile and shake their hand. If you have prepared a little intro about yourself, use it to create a good first impression.
The more you ask early on, the better it is. Better still; try to remember most of it. A new job is the best time to question anything you don’t understand, and you’ll look great if you manage to pick a lot of it up.
Remember to update your title across your own social media platforms and to start following your new company and colleagues, if you’re not doing that already. As you meet new people, find them on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Develop some great relationships
Be nice, be friendly, be yourself – but always remember that the best working relationships are based on respect and trust, and respect and trust are based on actions and performance, not just on words. You may not have the contacts, the ability or the experience to do a lot right from the start, but you don’t need skills to be willing to help out and work hard.
Enjoy it. Really
Your first day can really be enjoyable if you plan what you can, and show you are keen to learn. No one will expect you to be brilliant right out of the gate, so don’t stress about impressing absolutely everyone and remember to have fun.