Here’s a first day of work tip list to help you put your best foot forward from the get-go.
Be On Time
Showing up late to a new job is the worst first impression you can give. Leave home 15 minutes earlier than you need to. Know your commute and know your alternatives should a problem arise. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early, unless you want your supervisors to think this will be the norm, wait 10 minutes before going in.
Forget the Clock that First Day
You can learn a lot about the work culture at the end of the day. Sticking around can give you a better handle on the personalities around you. It also gives you time to take a look at your responsibilities without that “first day” stress.
You probably got a look at the dress code during the interview, but don’t jump on the bandwagon too soon. If everyone else is in jeans, don’t wear a suit and tie, but consider slacks and a collared shirt. It will present a positive image. After a few days, engage in the relaxed dress style. Someone may even mention you can dress more casually. Now join in because you’ve been invited to.
Ask Questions and Listen
You’re not expected to know everything nor are you expected to memorize every word you hear, but it’s a good idea to walk around with a notepad so you can note pertinent information. Listen carefully and ask questions until instructions are clear. Do portions of a task and get feedback before moving to the next step. You’re more likely to get up to speed and become an asset this way as opposed to unnecessarily proving your independence.
Go for Small Wins
Don’t try to shine too soon. Sure, you’ll become a star in due time. For now, prove your worth. Make sure that every report is as strong as it can be. Suggest how a slideshow can be improved with special effects. Simplify the logic in a spreadsheet.
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