5 Ways To Rock Your First Day On The Job
Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 08/02/2015 | Author: Stuart Koenig
That dream job you’ve been angling for is yours! All the interviews and anxiety are in the rear-view as you pat yourself on the back at a job well done. The company was impressed with your achievements, and they rewarded you accordingly. But don’t relax just yet, because the first day in the office is looming. And you want to own that day like a boss! Or at least a competent co-worker. Let’s look at 5 tips for making your first day a great one.
- Walk In A Winner – The first way to make the day a success starts before you even walk in the door with a little pre-day planning. Make the drive to your new office once or twice to time the travel. This roadway recon ensures you know exactly when to leave your place when the big day arrives. No boss wants a tardy employee on the first day. Walking in a winner also means you get a good night’s sleep the evening before, so no partying! And make sure that alarm clock is set and checked.
- Observe And Report – You’re going to be hit with a lot of information on your first day, so try to absorb as much as you can. Learning names of coworkers, office protocols and other important items are critical to a good impression. Take plenty of notes if needed, and ask lots of questions.
- Look The Right Part – It might sound like a cliché, but you have to dress for success. Wear proper attire for the office, nothing too provocative, and err on the side of dressy if there’s any doubt. Also be aware of body language, as slouching or defensive postures get noticed. Sit up straight, use open gestures and smile!
- Get The Lay Of The Land – It’s tricky to know how comfortable to feel on day one, so be aware of your surroundings. Don’t crack too many jokes or get overly excited just yet. You’re still the newbie, so keep an even keel. Crossing lines on your first day might get you a bad rep.
- Make A Plan – As the day unfolds, start coming up with a plan of action for yourself. Start setting goals for your performance, work relationships, promotion goals and other relevant issues. Set up an appointment with the boss – it’s never too early to shine at your new job!
Article written by Adam Easterling, copywriter for Creatives On Call