There are few things more nerve-racking than your first day in a new job. On your first day, you make the first impression on both your new boss and your colleagues, who you will spend a significant portion of your life with. Here are our tips on how to make this impression a great one and how to help your first day go swimmingly.
Preparation Is Key
Spend some time the day before your first day preparing the things you’ll need for the following day. Make sure your outfit is clean and looking sharp (treating yourself to something new can be a great confidence boost), prepare a lunch and pack your bag with everything you’ll need. Above all, get an early night and carefully set your alarm – tomorrow is the one day you really can’t be late. Leave plenty of time to get ready in the morning and check the weather forecast and travel news to avoid any weather or traffic-related disasters.
Be Enthusiastic and Friendly (Even If You Have to Fake It)
Inside, your stomach may be churning, but when you arrive, paste a smile on your face and say hello to everyone. Show professionalism and enthusiasm by arriving a little early – somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes is a good benchmark. Offering to make a round of teas and coffees will earn you some serious brownie-points with work mates; just make sure you make it a good one!
Take your colleagues up on opportunities to socialise. See what they’re doing for lunch and if they invite you to go somewhere to grab a bite to eat, scrap the packed lunch (after-work snack anyone?) and say yes! If you’re invited for drinks after work- go for it! Even if you’re feeling a bit tired, these are some of the best opportunities to form lasting relationships with your colleagues.
Establish Boundaries, Make Plans and Set Goals
Your first day is also really important for establishing what you’re comfortable with and what you’re able to do. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or tell someone if you’re struggling with a certain task. Take some time to set some goals and make a plan of what you’d like to achieve in your new job in the next month, 6 months and year – this will get you in a great state of mind to succeed from day one.
Take Time to Unwind
Your first day will be one of your most exhausting in your career. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, try not to worry – it’s completely natural after taking-in so much! Find a way to unwind and debrief from the day. This may be taking a long bath, exercising or just relaxing with a loved-one.