Ok, so you have just landed your dream job - congratulations! But don’t relax just yet… acing your first day at work is vital to a successful and happy career in your new workplace as first impressions can last a lifetime!
Colleagues will often be skeptical of new starts, while managers will expect the best from you straight from the off! So it is important that you do you ground work, avoid negative situations, and impress with your dependability, preparedness, positive attitude to hard work, great sense of humor and polite manners.
Here are some great tips on how to ace your first day at work!
- Get your rest! – Monday morning is the start of your new career so make sure your get an early night the night before, set your alarm and avoid a mad drinking weekend. Waking up fresh and well rested will benefit you significantly!
- Test drive – You may not know your new office location or may be unfamiliar with the route you have to take to get there. Is there traffic? Will there be somewhere to park? By test driving your route to work to can avoid unnecessary complications the morning of your first day at work.
- Do your homework – That’s right, the research does not end after your interview! You now have to learn the products, services, and industry of your new employer. You should research the company’s areas of strengths, weaknesses and areas it can improve relevant to your department. You can also find out who important people are by visiting the company’s ‘employees’ section on their website.
- A hearty breakfast will keep your brain engaged – It is true that eating a nutritious breakfast will help you to concentrate throughout the day. Being hungry at work is a horrible feeling, and there is no way of knowing exactly what time you will have your lunch hour, or whether you will even have time to eat on your first day! By eating a hearty breakfast, you can keep yourself fuelled for the whole day.
- Impressions are important – if you are not sure of the dress code in the office, then dress to impress! It is far better to be smart and professional than to turn up looking too casual, or worst, scruffy! Image is important, particularly in jobs where you are in contact with clients, so dress accordingly.
- Take notes – Your first day is likely to be slightly overwhelming; you will be told a lot of information and will be expected to remember it! So take a notepad and pen with you and take notes of key pieces of information you will need to remember.
- Don’t be afraid to ask – managers like you to ask questions; it shows that you have the initiative to query points that you are not sure about, and that you have the confidence to ask for help where needed. New employees who do not ask questions, or are too shy to ask for help will not bode well.
- Manners cost nothing – Be polite, courteous, and mannerly, not just on your first day, but try to maintain this professional approach to work at all times. Even if your first day is going badly, you will be judged on how you handle it, so remain positive, polite and motivated.
- Listen and learn – There is nothing worse than a new recruit who doesn’t stop talking, and thinks they ‘know it all’. Listen to everything you are told, absorb as much information as you can, and learn from any mistakes you make along the way.
- Communicate – The key to a successful first day is communication. Be confident enough to ask for help and to contribute your ideas in meetings. Be sure to stand out rather than disappear into the background by communicating with your colleagues, clients and management in a professional, polite and structured manner.