The first day at your new job may be among the most memorable – and perhaps stressful – of your career.
After spending hours on searching for the perfect job, creating your resume, days preparing for interviews, and weeks trying to impress your new employer – and now that you’ve landed the job, you’ll need to live up to their high expectations.
During those first days in a new workplace, where you are meeting your new coworkers, first impressions about you and your future potential can make a major impact on your success with the organization.
Here are a few things you may want to think about on your first day.
1. Have a Positive Attitude
Nothing works better to improve people’s first impression of you more than having a positive attitude. Let your enthusiasm for being part of the team and the organization show through to everyone you interact with. Leave your personal problems at home and concentrate on radiating your excitement for this new opportunity.
2. Be on time
Reach the office premise at least 15 minutes early, but don’t enter the office before the time your HR asked you to. You can wait at a nearby coffee shop until then. Be on time leaves a positive impression on everyone.
3. Learn about your new employer
You might have already done your homework during the interviews, but they were the information you heard from someone or found on the internet. There are a lot more to learn about your new employer once you’re on the inside. Observe the workplace and gather as much information as you can from the coworkers, it’ll help you to understand the organizational culture better and to become an expert in the company.
4. Participate in orientation activities
Many organizations do orientation activities for the new employees. Take advantage of this to know everyone in the company. Be prepared for few questions about your career, previous employers, achievements, etc. and also some fun activities. This will help you to be known to everyone
5. Ask questions/ Ask for help
No one expects you to know everything when you first start a new job so feel free to ask questions or ask for help when you need it. Remember that it’s better to ask for clarification before you’ve spent time completing a task the wrong way.
You’re trying to demonstrate your curiosity and desire to learn; this’ll impress not only the employer but also your co-workers. But beware of asking too many questions on the first day.
6. Be social
Two of the more important factors in succeeding at a job are to not only get along with your co-workers but also to associate with the right ones. Interact to as many colleagues as possible on your first day, but don’t talk too much about your personal life or why you left your previous job.
7. Put your cell phone on silent
You need to be 100% present at work, especially on the first day.
8. Leave with a good attitude
The last thing to remember is that while the first day at a new job is very important, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t go flawlessly. Always leave the office with a smile. If the company has any after-hour activities, never say NO to it. Participate even as an audience; this will help you to reduce the stress and get to know your colleagues better.
Make your first day at work count, because whether or not you are deliberately thinking about first impressions; you’re making one.