Career Advice: Making A Good Impression On Your First Day At Work
It’s your first day at a new job. You spend twice as long as usual getting ready in the morning, making sure that you look perfect and that you don’t forget anything. You’ve driven the route to work several times before so as not to get lost, and the trip goes smoothly. Still, when you walk in the front door you’re a bundle of nerves. You don’t know what to expect, and how could you?
Dealing with you first day at a new job has less to do with knowing what to expect and more to do with how to prepare properly. So listen up if you’re new at the office!
Get to work early
The best way to make a great impression right off the bat is to get to work very early on the first day. In fact, this is a great habit to keep even when you’re well into your career. Being early will reflect that you are trustworthy, and worth the company’s investment. After all, you are an investment for the company, so you need to make an investment in them.
Set your alarm early and get to the office about 10-15 minutes before you start, and do a test-run of your commute ahead of time to make sure that you’ll be on schedule. Introduce yourself to people as they trickle in. This will save you the headache of trying to remember everyone’s name at once if you all get there at the same time. Take the few extra minutes that you’ll have to set everything up, and get ready for the day ahead of you before things get frantic.
Get to know people
Introduce yourself to your coworkers right away, before you become too elusive. We’ve all been in awkward relationships where we didn’t bother to introduce ourselves upfront on the first day, and then spend weeks passing someone uncomfortably without knowing their name. Be friendly! This is your chance to make a great first impression, and you don’t want your coworkers to think that you’re unfriendly. If you’re not personable on the first day, get ready for a potentially uncomfortable work environment.
Clear your schedule
Especially when you’re first starting your new job, clear your schedule completely in order to be open to any projects that might come up. If your boss or a coworker asks you to stay late or come in early one day and you’re not available for a willy-nilly reason—you have to go home to let your dogs out—you could end up losing a lot of ground in building a positive relationship with them.
Remember, this is your career it’s what pays all of your bills and it’s what you’ll be doing for the next few years, if not for the rest of your life. Being open to working extra could be something that your boss remembers down the line when it comes time for a promotion or a raise. No matter what, it’s a great way to make a positive first impression!
Good luck on your first day of work, and don’t stress too much! Above all, be sure to make yourself available to people and work experiences and it’ll surely go smoothly!
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