The first day on a new job is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. No matter what you may be feeling inside, however, you want to make sure that you make a great impression on your first day.
Plan Your Outfit The Night Before
Plan your “first day” outfit the night before and make sure to have one backup in case you spill coffee on yourself right before you walk out the door. Make sure you are clear on the office dress code. Remember “business casual” at one company could mean something completely different at another.
Leave Home Early
You should have already planned your driving route to work, which means you should know how long it is going to take you to get there. Leave much earlier than you think you will need to, just to avoid any potential rush-hour traffic snags.
Get Your Shaking Hand Ready
You’re going to meet a lot of new people over your first few days on the job. Be prepared to introduce yourself over and over again. Try to say more than, “My name is Susan.” What do you want them to remember you for? Engage in conversation, make eye contact with everyone, smile pleasantly, and offer a firm handshake.
Make a Serious Effort to Remember Names
When meeting someone new, always repeat their name out loud. “Very nice to meet you, Bob.” If you did not catch a person’s name or you are unsure of the pronunciation, ask the person to repeat the name, and then make a concerted effort to remember it.
Accept a Lunch Invitation
If your colleagues invite you to lunch, accept the invitation, even if you’ve packed yourself a healthy, balanced meal. Saying no could offend your team members. During your first few weeks, you should accept all lunch invitations to get to know your co-workers and to help build camaraderie. Once you’ve settled in, you can go back to your regular lunch routine.
Take a notepad and pen with you everywhere you travel on your first day. Write things down so that you don’t have to ask the same questions over and over again. Taking notes shows that you’re paying attention to what’s going on around you and that you are interested in learning.
Don’t Bolt at 5:00
Don’t watch the clock in your early days. Try to stick around a few minutes after the close of business to show that you’re interested in getting the job done.
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