What to do on your first day of a new job

What to do on your first day of a new job


We’ve all been there, you’ve done the hard-work, sent out your CV to the companies you’re interested in working for, spoken to a Recruitment consultancy, went to interviews and finally, secured a great position, but then the nerves of starting a new job begin to hit – What do I do on my first day? Who do I talk to? What will I be doing?

With this in mind, here are a couple of pointers on what to do on your first day in a new job to ensure you make a good impression and settle in to your new role quickly.


Prepare and remember what got you the job
It more than likely took hard work to get your new job, so make the most of it and impress your new colleagues from the get-go. Dress well, leave plenty of time to arrive on time on your first day (15 minutes early, is always a good rule of thumb) and eat a good breakfast so you aren’t starving by 11:30.

Remember what got you the job in the first place; your first day is a bit like an interview, except you have to impress a lot more people. Remember to smile, say hello to your new colleagues and get to know them. It may seem a little awkward at first, but remember that your new colleagues all had to go through the same situation. It will take a little time to get to know everyone, but starting off on a good footing will help break the tension quickly.


Be Polite
This is an obvious one, but still important to remember. You may have successfully impressed at interview but now you need to impress the office, so remember to make a good first impression on everyone from the receptionist to the director.

Be polite, courteous, and make a point of introducing yourself to your new colleagues if your manager hasn’t already done so. Standing off to the side without engaging can make you appear standoffish, which is the opposite of what you should be trying to portray.


Get involved and go with the flow
Even if you’re experienced in the job you will be doing, don’t expect to sit down on your first day and crack on in the same way you had in your last job. Each company has its own way of doing things, so look to your new colleagues so you can get a feel for things.
Get involved with the rhythm of the office, join in on any coffee breaks to give yourself a chance to get to know your colleagues on a more personal level and learn the unspoken rules of the office, from answering personal calls to cheeky smoke breaks.

Offer to help and don’t be negative
Always be the volunteer, at least for your first few days. This means doing the lunch run, changing the printer cartridge and generally being helpful. Show your colleagues and boss that you are committed to your new position, be the first to arrive and the last to leave. Don’t be negative about your previous company, Northern Ireland is still a very small place and some of your new colleagues may know or be related to your olds ones. Besides that, nobody wants to work with someone who is constantly complaining about a previous job, it’s better to be positive and focus on what’s ahead of you.


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Posted: 8/6/17

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