How To Get Through (and Impress) On Your First Day At WorkPosted: 19th of May 2015 by
Having brushed up your CV for the application and aced the interview you have finally landed your new job. Whether it is your ideal role or a start from which you can build, you will want to make sure you impress on your first day. Whatever job you are going into there are a few things that can help you get along well on that first day – not forgetting things like being friendly and polite, paying attention, taking notes, and making some drinks for your co-workers (it always helps!). Of course, your first day starts before you even get to work, so the first tip has to be…
Be On Time / Be Prepared
You simply cannot afford to be late on your first day at work – in fact you are better off aiming to arrive early. Leave plenty of time to arrive at work on your first day – you need to arrive AT LEAST fifteen minutes ahead of when you are due to start. This also means being prepared before you even leave home, so make sure your clothes are ready to go the night before and that you have everything you need (lunch, money, etc). Today is not the day to be panicking and trying to find your keys before you set off. Also, on a related note, don’t plan on leaving early. Don’t be the first person out of the door when the day is done. Instead show your employer they made the right choice by staying a little longer. Of course, if your boss says you can go, feel free to leave, once you have checked they are absolutely sure. You don’t want to seem like a burden either!
You will inevitably end up meeting people you may not normally associate with outside of work – but don’t let that stop you – make friends with your colleagues. Be friendly and polite with everyone – but particularly your boss and the most popular person at work. Laugh at their jokes and listen to their stories. You probably won’t have to say too much about yourself if you don’t want to – people like talking about themselves anyway!
In fact, it is probably best that you don’t talk too much about yourself on your first day – instead let others do the talking so you can work out their personalities for the future. It’s not like you won’t be back tomorrow (unless something goes drastically wrong!), so you will have plenty of time to tell a few jokes and stories yourself.
That being said, whatever you do, don’t get dragged into office gossip or politics. You don’t want to start taking sides at work – and certainly not on your first day!
You may find it tough to make friends with some people, but you don’t have to invite them over for dinner later or pretend they are your new best friend, just be polite and sociable. There is no need to push it and end up going too far – you don’t want to seem weird!
However, remember you will always get on better at work if you are liked, and besides, it makes the day more enjoyable if you are working with people you get along with.
Ask Questions / Offer To Help
Chances are you won’t know too much about what Is going on during the day. You will be learning the job as you go along, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Not too many, as you don’t want to come across as a pain in the neck – just interested!
As well as asking some insightful questions you will want to show your initiative. Offering to help is a great way to do this. Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to help others – even if it is just holding a door open, or helping someone shift something around in the office.
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