You ace the interview, you land the job. You’ve gone out and bought yourself the perfect new outfit for the office. Then your first day comes around. You’re nervous, you feel intimidated and you don’t know how your new colleagues are going to react to you. Don’t panic. Here is out step by step guide that will help you make a good first impression, first day on the job.
Step 1: Plan your morning routine.
A new job means a new morning routine. Therefore it is crucial that you know exactly what you are doing in the morning. Plan your journey by ensuring that your commute gets you to work on time. Whether it’s using public transport or driving yourself. The best way to do this is to do a tester run a few days before you are due to officially start.
Step 2: Arrive early…. But no too early.
Following step one make sure your morning commute gets you to work about 15 minutes before you are due to start. This will give off a really good impression that you are keen and excited to join the company. Be careful not to arrive too early though. You don’t want to be waiting outside the office if it hasn’t been opened yet.
Step 3: Dress appropriately.
It’s likely that you would have been to the office at some point prior to starting. So you probably already have a feel for what everyone else is wearing. Use this information and add your own flair to it so that your personality will also come through. If you haven’t seen how the other employees dress then try to play it safe with a smart, professional look.
Step 4: Keep an open mind and embrace the change.
Every work environment is different so allow yourself time to adapt. Don’t feel discouraged after your first day if the job doesn’t live up to your expectations. It takes time to comfortably settle in. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t act like you know everything, because chances are, you don’t.
Step 5: If you get invited, GO!
If your employer or any of your colleagues invite you for lunch take the opportunity. This is a perfect chance for you to bond with them outside an office environment. You might even end up making good friends from it.
Step 6: Be yourself.
You were hired for a reason. Your employer obviously likes you. So just be yourself and you’ll be fine.
Step 7: Find out the ‘brew’ routine.
This is probably one of the most important bit of advice. The making of the brew can be the centre of any work environment. By offering to make a round of tea or doing the coffee run, it can show that you’re a team player and will do your fair share. Just remember to clean the mugs after!!!