Don’t tell me you have never been worried about starting a new job.
You don’t know the colleagues, the workings, the … in short, you don’t know anything except one thing:
“You would feel so much better if it was already over!”
Let me tell you, we’ve all been there, me, your colleagues and even your boss.
The first day at work is never easy. It is all about being in a new environment, meeting new people, adjusting to a new routine and to new tasks. However, your first day is also your opportunity to make a good first impression.
And that is exactly where we all start to panic. But let me tell you, there is absolutely no need to be afraid.
Just adhere to the following advice and a successful first day will not be far.
- Look smart
As the first impression counts, you should dress smartly and in accordance with the job. You will already have gotten a feel for the “dress code” when you attended the interview.
It is best to pick out the clothes the evening before so you don’t have to worry about that in the morning.
- Be on time
Allow plenty of time for your journey to work and prepare for unforeseen delays. If you do not know how to get there, look it up in advance so you don’t get lost on your way.
Also allow some time to pass before leaving at the end of your working day.
- Don’t hide
Introduce yourself to your colleagues and get to know about the inner workings. Your colleagues will be able to give you advice and support. Take them up on any offers to join lunch or after work activities. This will help you to become part of the team.
- Pay attention
Pay attention to what goes on around you as well as to your work. Take notes during meetings and conversations and ask for help if you need it.Find out about priorities and deadlines.
Ask questions and raise concerns if necessary.
- Show manners
Let somebody know when you leave work to go on lunch break. Your employer has the right to know and it will also be important in case an emergency arises.
- Be proactive
Don’t sit around twiddling your thumbs. Ask if somebody needs assistance once you’ve completed your work or look for other things to do.
- Avoid using your mobile phone during work hours
Don’t place it on the table next to you or play or text. It makes a bad impression and shows a lack of interest in your work and that you are easily side-tracked.
- Stick to work related business while at work
Personal things will have to wait until lunch break or until you finish.