Starting a new job is both exciting and nerve-wracking. The first day at your new job may have you feeling anxious and apprehensive, especially as you prepare to meet your new colleagues. It’s worth noting that you aced the interview and received the job offer, so the hard part is over!
In this article, we’ll be discussing our top tips and tricks on how to have a successful first day of work at your new job.
1. Before your first day
If you’re feeling nervous, you should consider preparing some things beforehand to make the day go a little bit smoother. For instance, if you’re worried about being late, commute to your new workplace before you start so you can get used to the journey and workout timings.
Be sure to have clear communication with the HR team so you know exactly where to go on your first day. The fear of getting lost can be overwhelming, too, so perhaps research the office or ask for a map to get your bearings.
If you feel comfortable, you could research your new colleagues and connect with them on LinkedIn. This will make it easier to familiarise yourself with names and faces, as well as get your name out there.
Don’t forget to prepare everything the night before. Use your fitted wardrobe to keep your work clothes well-organized so you’re not panicking about what to wear on the morning of your first day.
2. On your first day of work
The day has finally arrived! We advise you to arrive early so you have enough time for any traffic during your morning commute. And, it’s better to arrive early than late on your first day!
You should also wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. You’ll have likely gathered the dress code from when you attended the office for your interview, but it’s always worth dressing smart casual if you’re unsure.
Be the first to introduce yourself to others instead of waiting for them to come to you. That way, you’ll make a great first impression and can show your colleagues that you’re a friendly individual who is willing to get to know everyone. Be kind and courteous and present yourself as a confident individual – you’ll make friends in no time!
Bring your fresh notebook and don’t be afraid to take notes of everything. While you think you’ll remember everything, it can be hard to soak up every bit of information you receive on that first day. Write everything down so you don’t get caught out in the long run.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your boss will appreciate your engagement and eagerness to learn. If you’re unsure of a company policy, or you’d like to know the full expectations around your role, it’s worth speaking up.