Your first day on the job is all about the first impressions you make with your new colleagues and your new manager. In the excitement and rush of onboarding, meeting lots of new people, and learning about new processes, it’s important to remember that you are being evaluated. Your future success within a new company depends a lot on the impressions you make and the relationships you build right from the start. Here’s how you can set yourself off on the right foot on day one.
Always Introduce Yourself
Making a good first impression starts with a good introduction. Shake hands, make good eye contact, and have a clear and crisp explanation of who you are and what your role will be in the new job. You can expect to meet lots of people on your first day who don’t know how they will be working with you in the coming months. But this is your opportunity to take the lead, define yourself and your role, so they know what value you bring to the team right from the beginning.
Know Who You Are
Getting hired is great for your confidence, so on your first day be sure to bring that positive attitude with you to the job. If you’re feeling at all nervous about the new opportunity, remember why you’re there. You’ve been purposefully identified as the best person for the job, and your employer wants you to succeed. So be confident and have a great attitude so that you get off on the right foot. Having a positive attitude will inevitably influence people’s first impression of you. Show your new coworkers and employer how enthusiastic you are to be part of the team and avoid bringing any personal problems or past employment baggage with you to a new opportunity. Start each job fresh with the optimism and commitment that you deserve to succeed. That is the true essence of confidence.
Just as it’s helpful to come prepared to an interview, making sure all your ducks are in a row on your first day is important. There are likely going to be lots of people to meet, roles to learn about, and papers to fill out so make sure you have everything organized and prepared as much as possible right from the beginning. The habits you instill on that first day can reflect on your productivity and your effectivity on the job. That means having good time management skills, collecting any necessary documents you might need for that first day, and getting directions (if needed) and figuring out parking and your commute well in advance. The last thing you want to do is show up late on your first day.
Dress to Impress
They say to dress for the job you wish you had, even when you’ve been hired. Your first day on the job is an important day to present yourself as professional and prepared. Consider your interview attire and try to replicate the look. It’s important to dress to fit in with the corporate culture, but on your first day, you may not know exactly what level of formal attire is appropriate at your new workplace. In this case, it is always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed.
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