Starting a new job is as exciting as it is daunting, so you want to put your best efforts. A new environment, new colleagues, new boss, and a new work culture comes with its challenges too. But it’s up to you how you tackle these challenges and surpass any other difficulties that may arise. Here are some tips to help you make a great first impression on your first day at your new job.
A positive attitude is key
First and foremost, start your day with a positive attitude. Your state of mind will decide whether your first day at your new job will be a success or not. When your new boss and colleagues see your eagerness to be part of their team and your drive to do your work well, it will definitely leave a good impression. Be enthusiastic about being there and let your actions speak for themselves.
Dress the part
The way you dress can communicate a lot about your work ethic. If you’re entering a professional business environment, you should dress the part. Wear your best suit and tie, and for the ladies, formal pants or skirt suit will be appropriate. Some companies are a little more casual yet are still relatively formal and some are completely casual. Each workplace has its own dress code so be sure to ask ahead of time what that is so you dress accordingly. When you feel good about the way you look, you feel more confident and that shines through and helps create a good first impression.
Plan your commute ahead of time to avoid being late. Take traffic into consideration when trying to find the best route. Do a test drive one morning to try out the route and to see how long it would take you to get there. Even when you think you have the best route mapped out, leave 15 minutes early just to be sure on your first day. Showing up early will show that you’re punctual, which translates to you being reliable and efficient.
Walking into an environment where everyone knows each other and you’re the new kid can be intimidating. Be friendly with your new co-workers and make a point to learn their names. You’ll be surprised how big an impact something as small as remembering someone’s name can have. If the staff has an activity that they do together outside of work hours, join in. Be it hanging out on a Friday after work, a sports team, or maybe a book club.
Be ready to give it your best
Whether your new boss throws you straight into the deep end or he gives you minimal work to do until you’re settled, you should always do your absolute best. Tackle any task head-on and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re unsure. This will show that you’re willing to learn and that you don’t just want to complete a task but you want to excel at it. Don’t sit at your desk doing nothing, find something productive to do, familiarize yourself with the office layout, or ask anyone if they need help.
That first impression can set the tone for the rest of your time at the company so follow these tips and you won’t go wrong. Here’s to a great first day!