So, you’ve just gotten off the phone with an interviewer you were dying to hear back from, and they have offered you the job – Congrats! Now you need to start planning your first day at your new job.
Before you let the first day jitters get the best of you, take a deep breath and read 8 Ways to Ace Your First Day at Your New job to prepare yourself for your new adventure.
Develop a Morning Routine
The first thing you need to do to ensure you you ace your first day at your new job first (and every day after that) is to develop a morning routine. This means taking into account how long you will need to wake up, get ready, eat breakfast and get to your new workplace. Ensuring you have triple checked your commute time or the public transport timetables is a must!
Don’t Be Late – but don’t be too early
Speaking of your morning commute, ensure that you will arrive at least 10 – 15 minutes early on your first day – you never know what paperwork might need to be completed before you officially start your day. It also communicates to your new employer that you are still the eager, organised and timely job seeker they met in the interview stage of recruitment. You don’t want to be late on your first day at your new job.
Dress to Impress
Wearing your tracksuit pants and old high school tee-shirt will not fly in any workplace. Think back to what you wore to your interview and reflect on whether it was appropriate attire for day-to-day work in your new role, if not dress it up or down. If you have been given a uniform ensure it is ironed, fits well and is worn the way your new employer has specified (E.g. shirts are to be neatly tucked in, black shoes are to be polished and covered in, no excessive accessories, etc).
Ask Questions – and be confident doing so
No question is too silly, so be confident asking questions about anything in the workplace you are curious about. As it is the first day at your new job, your employer and co-workers will be open to answering all of your questions, so make sure you take note of the answers so you don’t have to ask again.
Smile, be open to meeting your new co-workers and let them know that “it is a pleasure to meet you”. You will be spending the majority of the day alongside these people so it is best to get off on the right foot and make some new friends in the process.
If You Get Invited to Lunch, GO!
Your first day can be scary and you might feel safer eating your lunch alone in the break room, however if you get invited to lunch with your new co-workers GO! These people are reaching out to make you feel comfortable more quickly in your new job, so take them up on their offer and get to know everyone.
Leave Your Personal Life at the Door
This goes without saying, but it is always important to keep it in the back of your mind when starting a new job. Sharing photos of your pet or family is fine, once you establish a connection with your co-workers – but bursting into tears on your first day because your partner just broke up with you is a big no-no. Focus on the instructions you are being given, who you are meeting and the information you should be retaining instead of how many likes you might be getting on Instagram.
Take Everything In
Your first day will come and go in a surreal blur, so make sure you take as much in as possible. If there is anything that went over your head or might need some more clarification, remember – tomorrow is another day!
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Words by: Tiarne Pattison