You first day at your new job is important. You have gone through those grilling interviews, made your impression and gotten hired. You have convinced the employer that there is no one else who can do this better than you. And so you join your new company with a great attitude and brilliant ideas. At the same time, you cannot help but think, so what should I expect on my first day?
The first day is intimidating and borders on uncertainty there are ways you can do it right and make that great first impression that is sure to last.
Here are five simple steps that will help you achieve this.
Put on your best shoes
Dressing right on the first day is critical. You may look good in your jeans and Ts but would you take that guy seriously who comes in his ruffled jeans and faded shirt.
Even if you know for a fact that your organization allows casual dressing, you must dress formal or at least smart casual on the first day. It will show your manager and peers your level of integrity and seriousness in performing your job.
As time goes by, you will learn the dress code that your peers follow. Remember to make the transition from formal to casual or smart casual cleverly. Everyone admires a well dressed person and you want that impression to stay.
It does not matter if you are a young graduate or a seasoned veteran. Carry yourself with confidence.
If you have been hired, you meet the requirements and have the skills.
Have faith in yourself and be ready to perform your duties from day one. Your attitude will show you are proactive and responsible in your approach towards work.
If you come across as a willing, prepared and competent individual, your boss and peers are more likely to respect you as a professional.
Get introduced by your team
It is wise to wait for your manager to introduce you to the team. Take the time to observe and take in your new surroundings.
Meet people politely and smile often. If your introduction does not happen on day one, talk to your manager about it. If you have to introduce yourself to everyone, it is better to do so gradually over the first week or so. As you continue to perform normal job duties, you will meet people and will have plenty of time to interact with them.
Let the conversation come to you
You are the new person in the team and your peers are curious about you. Try it and you will find someone looking at you nine times out of ten when you look up from your computer screen.
If people approach you, be polite and amiable towards them. Be an active listener and seem interested in what they have to tell you. Share your experiences and be humble about your achievements. Last but not the least, smile as you interact.
Work like a pro
Remember, you have been hired to perform a certain job. You must never let the first day overshadow your willingness to work. If you are thinking you will start working from day two, you are headed in the wrong direction.
Like other people, your boss is interested in what you can do. He needs to see that you can get through the day in a confident, friendly and most importantly productive fashion. Having accomplished that will show how serious you are about your job and the level of respect you hold for your profession.
Have a good time on your first day and take in as much as you can. This learning will provide you with the right setting for times ahead. Keep your chin up and hold on to the positive attitude, because the sail has just begun.
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