5 Tips for Making Your First Day at a New Job A Success
From your outfit, to trying to learn the ropes (and even where the bathroom is), your very first day is crucial — it will set the tone for how your boss and your co-workers see you moving forward. Making a good first impression matters and Phyton Talent Advisors are here to help.
Below we put together a few tips for not only surviving your first day at your new job, but succeeding for the long term.
1. Don’t Be Shy
Being shy will get you nowhere on your first day. Reach out and introduce yourself to people if your manager or trainer hasn’t already done this. Try to remember names while doing this as it’ll help you form relationships with your new colleagues.
2. Ditch the Cell Phone
You can live without knowing what Jane is eating for lunch. You need to be present and focused at work, especially on your first day. Keep your phone on silent and tucked away to resist temptation. Get to know the ropes and settle in before you place your phone on your desk.
3. Make Your Own Judgments About Team Members
There will be people who want to give you the gossip on your new coworkers. Take it with a grain of salt. Better yet, don’t listen to it. Don’t assume that any of it is correct. Make up your own mind. This is especially important if you are managing a team. Judge your team based upon what you see personally, and not because of another person’s experience.
4. Play Your Strengths
Your company chose to hire you because they saw something special in you. As you begin your new job, highlight your strengths and try to demonstrate how they can help your team, and the company, reach its goals. Maybe you are great at administrative tasks or excel in critical thinking. Perhaps presentations or marketing briefs are your specialty. Partner with your manager to learn how to put your skill set to use. Communicate your desire to drive the business forward—whatever your strengths—and find ways to apply them in your job.
5. Ask Questions
Don’t be scared to ask questions on your first day; you won’t be expected to know it all and any queries will be welcomed by your new team. It’ll show that you’re interested and eager to progress. On the other hand, don’t feel like you need to learn everything on Day One – you will have plenty of time to get to grips with new processes and expectations.
Your first day at work should be exciting – so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. With these tips, you should be equipped on how to handle anything your first day throws at you. Remember that you’re going to do a great job—that’s why they hired you! You will get over your new job jitters and you’ll set yourself up for long-term success.