The first day of work often becomes a ball of emotion for most people. Jittery, excitement, nervousness (in some cases it’s accompanied by nausea) blend into one big ball and latched to you as long as it could.
You should give yourself a pat on the back. You survived a myriad of questions and succeeded in telling your story to impress these employers. And it’s finally over. Congratulations, you land a new job!
Your first impression at the first day of work lasts, not forever, but it’s still important to nail the best of it at the jumpstart of your new job. Below are a few tips to nail the first day at work.
You don’t want to be late on your first day, trust us. But arriving too early isn’t an option either. Your first day is likely to be full of the onboarding process. Hence, when you are late everyone is affected. The safest rule is to arrive at least 15-30 minutes earlier than the designated time with your manager.
Identify the Goals
Spare some time to think about what you want to accomplish in your new job. You can do this by identifying your company’s goal, and start to plan how your skills can contribute.
That way, you’ll leave an impression that you’re excited to be a part of the team.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions, it’s better to ask for clarification before you completing tasks the wrong way.
Talk to Everyone
Talk to as many people as possible at your first day at work. At least you’ll get a glimpse on how the department operates, and what you can do to fit in. Establishing the image as friendly and approachable early on is never be a wrong move.
Find a Mentor
This is not something you should do immediately, but after you get to know the senior staff more, you should consider developing a mentorship relation with the senior person.
Not only you will get valuable insights that can enhance your career capital, you may also find someone that helps you in advancing your career.
Know the Environment
Figure out where places are. Where the restrooms and the pantry are or which place belongs to what division. Don’t wander aimlessly, go ask and say hello. Who knows they’ll become the best colleagues later on?