first day of job

Your first day on the new office is not as easy as you think.  Making a good impression to your new co-workers and boss can be quite stressful. First impressions are critical on your first day. They can eventually lead to long-term perceptions and opinions of your co-workers. As the newest hire in the office, you need to make a good first impression. Surviving the first day on the job is essential for everybody. Aside from first impressions, you need to learn the ropes of the office. These are the top 8 things to do to survive on your first day of job.

Be Optimistic

A positive attitude can help you go a long way and it affects people’s impressions on you. Be enthusiastic with your company/organization and co-workers. Don’t bring your personal problems to work. Focus on bringing positivity to your new workplace.

Dress Well

Wear the right clothes. Dressing professionally will never get out of fashion. The way you dress is something people will judge when they meet you and this is significant for a positive first impression. Don’t wear clothes that are too edgy or inappropriate for the office, you’ll never know you might meet some top managers or clients.

Familiarize you coworkers’ names

You’re not required to immediately memorize their names on your first day. Some of us are not good at remembering names, so it’s a good opportunity to familiarize your coworkers’ names. It is important for you to remember their names as you are teammates in the office. When you’ll face a situation and you forgot a person’s name, the right thing to do is apologize and ask again.

Be a part of the Team

As a member of the team, you’ll need to participate and work together to complete the task and get the work done. Give importance on sharing recognition with the team, this shows that you’re loyal. Give credit where credit is due, this shows to your coworkers that you’re trustworthy.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help

It’s your first day so when you are confused about something at work, don’t hesitate to ask for help or questions when needed. If you are not sure about what to do, you can ask for clarifications, especially that it’s your first day. Don’t be too confident and assume that you know everything at the start of your job. Give enough attention to what your coworkers tell you and ask a question to clarify things. Remember it takes weeks or even months to get familiar with your new job, so communicate with your coworkers or supervisors if a thing is unclear with you.

Don’t be late

This is important. Be there early since it’s your first day on the job. You are establishing your reputation in the office so don’t be late and avoid leaving early. Take not of the process in the office and make sure you’re on time. Taking long breaks on lunch should also be avoided; you need to know the office culture before you can estimate the time you spend for work. Coming in late on the first day is bad for a first impression.

Take down notes

If you’ll go to an orientation taking notes is important. Familiarize and note down the rules and regulations in your new work. You should attend all the orientation sessions and be willing to do training offered to you. This will help you get familiarize with the job better.

Stay away from office politics and gossip

You might run into these in your workplace. Just stay away from these, especially on your first day. Don’t get involved with gossips in the workplace or any office politics. It’s not good for the first impression in your new job.

As the newest member of the workplace, the first day is exciting and challenging at the same time. Challenges and opportunities will be there so it’s your task to work on them. First impressions are not necessarily important but work on it at the first day. Keep yourself calm and have an open mind. Do your job and get to know your coworkers along the way. Hopefully, these tips will help you get through your first day on the job.

 

References:

8 Tips for Rocking Your First Day at a New Job. (2014, October 19). Retrieved March 21, 2017, from https://www.themuse.com/advice/8-tips-for-rocking-your-first-day-at-a-new-job

Making an Impression: Your First Days Working at a New Job. (n.d.). Retrieved March 21, 2017, from https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/first-days-working