Your first day of work at your new job has arrived and you are undoubtedly a little nervous about what to expect. This day can often be a challenging one as you will meet countless new people and will learn a lot of new information which is sometimes overwhelming. Nevertheless this day is an important one and it is therefore essential to be organized and well prepared.
Below are some tips on how to prepare for your first day of employment:
Get plenty of rest the night before
Although you may be feeling nervous about your first day of employment, there is no point in allowing yourself to get stressed out. Take a bath, relax and be sure to get an early night so that you are refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Dress for success
Prepare what you are going to wear and have your outfit washed and ironed so that you are not stressed out and rushing around the following morning. Be sure to prepare an outfit that is smart, comfortable and exudes confidence.
Arriving at the office
Remember that first impressions still count so get to the office at a reasonable time (at least 10 – 15 minutes before your start time). Bear in mind that there may be traffic at that time of the morning, so be sure to leave ample time to get there. You will probably be unaware of where you are expected to go so getting there early will ensure that you are not rushing around and stressing yourself out.
Practice introducing yourself
Maintain direct eye contact with everyone that you meet and make a conscious effort to remember their names. Introduce yourself, providing a firm handshake and repeating the individual’s name, showing that you are confident and assertive.
When speaking with others communicate professionally, clearly and with confidence. Show dedication and willingness to learn, and always be honest in everything that you do. If you are not sure of something, do not hesitate to ask questions. Your first day at work is the perfect opportunity to ask plenty of questions and learn as much as possible.
Be a good listener
Rather than thinking of your first day as the chance to demonstrate everything that you know, use it as an opportunity to sit back and listen to everything that you are being told. Absorb as much information as possible and be sure to pay attention when being spoken to. Your first few weeks are your opportunity to learn as much as possible, absorb new information and reflect upon what you have learnt.