Your first day of work sets the tone for your new job. This is why you want the day to be as successful as possible.
You likely will see your work area, get it set up, and learn your workflow and schedule. You also should go over workplace policies, learn about the company’s culture, and meet your coworkers.
Since your first day sets the foundation for future workplace interactions, you want to start positively. The better your experience, the more smoothly your following workdays should go.
Follow these guidelines to prepare for your first day at a new job!
Wear clothing that is one step above what your colleagues are wearing. This helps you stand out and make a positive impression. You can dress more casually going forward if the dress code allows.
Plan Your Commute
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the office. Keep in mind the traffic volume may be higher during peak commute times. Also, it is better to arrive at work early than late. You can use the additional time to prepare for your day.
Focus on learning all you can. This includes asking questions to clarify your understanding and minimize mistakes. You may want to determine which tasks to prioritize or how often to update your manager on your progress. This demonstrates your desire to succeed.
Introduce yourself to as many coworkers as possible. Smile as you shake hands and exchange names. Briefly explain your role and how you will be contributing to the organization. Also, ask about the best coffee shops and restaurants in the area. Or, find out what your coworkers’ weekend plans are. This helps you blend with the team and advance your career.
Have Lunch with Team Members
Accept an invitation to have lunch with your manager or a team member. This helps you and your team members learn more about each other. It also helps you make friends and add to your network. This promotes forward movement in your professional path.
Update Your Manager
Regularly check in with your manager. Let them know which activities you engage in and the progress you make. Also, ask questions to see which tasks to focus on next. This shows respect for your manager and enthusiasm for your job.
Monitor Body Language
Show engagement in your work through your body language. For instance, sit or stand up straight. Also, lean slightly forward when talking with someone. Nod, gesture, and comment at the appropriate times.
Let your manager know when you are leaving for the day. Thank them again for hiring you. Mention you enjoyed your day. Wish your manager a good night. Tell them you will see them tomorrow.
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