First Day at Work? Here’s How to Rock it!

Whether you’re switching jobs, returning to work after a career break, or fresh out of education, starting a new job can be a daunting prospect.

You’ve already nailed the first hurdle by getting this far, but your first day can be crucial in how your future with the company unfolds. 

We’ve pulled together some pointers to get you off to the best start.

Be Prepared

Preparation is the key to making everything run smoothly and ensuring you make a great impression on your first day. Before your first day, travel the route you’d take to work at the time you would expect to make the journey to ensure you leave plenty of time for any rush-hour delays or scheduling issues with public transport. On your first day, leave a little earlier so you have some room for unexpected delays.

Hopefully, at your interview you took notice of the office dress code and have suitable workwear clean and ironed ready for the first day. If you’re not sure aim to be more formal as it’s better to look smarter than expected rather than too casual.

Do Your Homework

A little research goes a long way, so before your first day have a good look around the company’s website, look for news stories, and familiarise yourself with the senior management structure and who the company’s top clients are. 

Having this information will show you in a good light should any questions be asked in the early days with your new employer.

If you know ahead of your first day who you’ll be working with, check them out on LinkedIn or Google them to see how their careers with the company have progressed and they’ll be familiar when you see them at work.

Be Patient

While you may be keen to get stuck into the role, many companies have an Induction and Training process which can take a few days. Accept this is part of their obligation to health and safety practices and pay attention to what’s expected of you. It’s a good idea to take notes.

Familiarise Yourself With Other Employees

This can be tough, especially if you’re joining a large firm but remembering names is important. If you think you might forget who’s who, draw yourself a plan of the office and label where they sit until you’re more familiar with them.

Be Yourself

Or at least, the corporate version of yourself! Be friendly and open to conversation where appropriate, accept invitations if offered and ask questions to get to know people. It doesn’t take long to get a feel for the tone of the workplace, some encourage quiet while working, others are more relaxed and so behave appropriately. Try not to get drawn into any office politics and remember to smile and be as accommodating as you can be.

Getting off on the right foot can make all the difference in a new workplace and continuing to strive to make a good impression beyond your first day will help you settle in quickly and enjoy your new job.

By Janine Cobain