The sweet relief of landing a job can soon be followed by worry regarding the all important first day. We here at Hiregy have created a handy guide to help you prepare for you first day at your new job.
1. Show up Early
You don't need to camp outside the office the night before like it's Black Friday, but it is important to show up around 15 minutes early on your first day. Know the route you are planning to take and be familiar with the traffic patterns. If you think it's going to take you 30 minutes to get to work on time, leave 45 minutes early.
2. Dress Professionally
Aim to look your best. Even if you've been told it's casual day in the office, make your best impression. This is the first time you will meet many of your new co-workers. There will be plenty of time down the road for them to see you relaxing on a Friday in your Wrangler's and an Izod polo. Don't let this be that time.
3. Take Notes on Everything
You will be exposed to a lot of new information, so write things down so you do not have to ask the same questions again and again. You want to capture as much knowledge as possible so you can make an immediate impact. Bring in your own notepad and a few pens. Yeah, you can probably use some from the office, but remember that kid in elementary school who was always asking if he could "borrow" a sheet of paper? No one liked that kid. Don't be that kid.
4. Map Out Your Plans
This is something that is extremely important but rarely gets done. Meet with your supervisor and make sure you're clear on the first week's expectations. Map out your goals for the next 30 and 90 days. You can hit the ground much faster if you know where you're headed and expected to be. Push to be moving along as quickly as possible. For example, if you're going to be in customer service taking calls, try and be on the phones in a short period of time so that you start quickly.
5. Ask Questions and Don't Be Shy
Your new boss and coworkers aren't going to expect you to know everything right from the very beginning, so you shouldn't expect that of yourself either. Ask questions and take...those...notes.
6. Pack Your Lunch
Without fully knowing the day's plans, ensuring that you have something to eat is very important. An added note on this, try to stay away from bringing in that leftover salmon you had from last night. Keeping first impressions in mind, stinking up the break room is not a good look.
7. Turn Off the Cell
Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr; all these entities will still exist in the world and will be waiting for you when you clock out. This is a good rule not only for your first day on the job, but for every day on the job. Your friends will understand that you were working and thus were not able to "like" their selfie in the appropriate amount of time.
8. Communication is Key
Just like in any relationship, communication is key. Keep your supervisor informed on your progress throughout the day, and ask questions if you are unsure on anything. Oh, I've already said to ask questions? Well, I'm saying it again. It's that important. Ask questions!
9. Connect With Your New Coworkers
Identify and connect with potential mentors on the team. Meet and start building relationships with those who can help you in addition to your supervisor.
10. Be Positive
This is a great day! Your employer is excited to work with you (they would not have brought you aboard if they weren't). Let them know that you are excited too, by maintaining a positive attitude throughout the day.
We hope that this guide helps alleviate any nerves associated with your first day at your new job. Have any additional tips? Let us know in the comments section below.