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8 Tips to Crush Your First Day on the Job

The first day is incredibly important to your future at a company. Follow these tips to ensure that you make the most of your first day on the job and set yourself up for success for the rest of your career.

  1. Arrive 15 Minutes Early: If you’re not early, you’re late — especially on day one. Showing up 15 minutes early shows that you are eager for your new job. You want to set a good impression with your new manager and coworkers.
  2. Know the Company: This is the first step to this process, and while it may seem like a no brainer you’d be surprised how many people don’t spend enough time doing their research. It is important that you know what the company does and what they are looking for. You may have secured the job, but there is still a lot to learn. Show up with enthusiasm and knowledge about what the company does. You are there because you want/need this job and it would be disappointing to show up underprepared. Make sure you know exactly what you are there to do, and have questions prepared if any part of your assignment is unclear.
  3. Dress the Part: Show up dressed for the job you are working. Feel free to ask your manager prior to your first day what the office/work dress code is. If you work in an office environment, dress business professional. If you work in a manufacturing environment, jeans might be appropriate. Just make sure to confirm with HR or your Manager prior to the first day. When in doubt, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  4. Ask Questions: Arrive eager to learn! Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you have them. Your manager expects you to have questions on day one. By asking the right questions, your colleagues and manager will observe how much you want to succeed.
  5.  Listen and Observe: Come ready to listen and learn. Bring a notebook and take notes on everything. You will be receiving a lot of new information on your first day, and it is imperative that you show you are resourceful and a quick learner. This will allow you to review this information later and make sure you are on top of everything. This will allow you to attack your job with the best of your ability or ask for clarification at an appropriate time.
  6. Be Social! You will be meeting a lot of new faces and it is important that you make a good first impression. Your first day is not the time to be shy. Share your personality with others and familiarize yourself with your co-workers. Get to know the people around you and establish yourself as friendly and approachable. Your colleagues are going to be speaking about you to others and possibly recommending you for future positions. You want to make sure they know you and can remember positive memories with you. To go one step further, try and determine who of your colleagues you think you will get along with the best. Having a close friend in the workplace can help your day to day and make you feel more comfortable.
  7. Turn off Your Phone: Make sure you have zero distractions on day one. Keep your phone silenced or better yet off. Do not text, call or answer calls throughout your first day unless you are on a break or lunch break.
  8. Relax and Enjoy: You are likely going to be arriving with a level of stress, and that is okay. This shows that you care and are passionate about the job. With that being said, too much stress can affect your performance negatively and ruin your first day. Make sure you are feeling well-rested and take care of any outside distractions beforehand. You want your sole focus to be on learning your new job. After you mentally prepared yourself for the job, feel free to be yourself and have fun. Make it clear to your colleagues that you are working hard and happy to be there.

These eight tips are all important to making your first day a step in the right direction. These are also things you can build on throughout your time at this job and turn into positive habits. Good luck on the road to success!

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