The only thing more nerve-racking than a job interview is your first day on the job. You achieved your goal. You secured a position. But now the real pressure is on. More than ever, making a good impression is critical.
First days are a whirlwind. You’re meeting co-workers, getting a tour of your new work environment, learning about your role. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.
Here are a few things to remember on your first day on the job.
Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
The last thing you need on your first day is to be groggy and tired. Go to bed at least an hour earlier than usual and do everything you can to get a restful sleep.
Streamline your morning routine.
Make your lunch ahead of time. Lay out your uniform or clothing. Get your bag all ready and put it by the door. These little things add up. Making your morning as stress-free as possible will ensure that you arrive at work calm and collected.
Learn your co-workers names.
Depending on the size of your workplace, there may be lots of new names and faces coming at you on your first day. But learning the names of your co-workers shows them that you’re excited to be joining their team. It’s a meaningful personal touch that goes a long way. It might not happen on the first day, but make a considered effort to learn people’s names as quickly as you can.
Ask lots of questions.
Don’t be shy on your first day to ask questions whenever there’s something in the workplace that you don’t understand. It doesn’t matter if it’s directly related to your role, or simply a more general workplace question. If you don’t understand, ask about it. You don’t want to keep it in on the first day and then have to ask about something later that you should already know.
Anytime you receive a piece of information that you think you might forget, write it down. Carrying a pen and paper with you on your first day is recommended. You’ll be glad you did.
Keep your boss informed.
Establishing an open line of communication with your boss from day one is crucial. Stay in touch with him or her throughout the day, and let them know when you’re taking breaks, or going for lunch. Check in at the end of the day.
With a clear plan of action, you’ll have a great first day on the job and feel focused and confident moving forward.
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