Surviving Your First Day in a New Job

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2018 by The Office Zen MasterNo comments

Starting a new job can be incredibly exciting and daunting at the same time. Some companies go out of their way to welcome you and make you feel at home on your first day, whilst others leave you to find your way around your new workplace with minimal input. In your first day in a new role, you’ll encounter your new colleagues for the first time, so it’s really important to make the best impression possible.

Preparing the week before

Whether you’re starting a new temp job or a permanent role, it’s vital to spend time preparing for your first day. Get an understanding of the company culture and what’s expected of you in your new role by re-reading the job description and checking out the company’s website. If you have an existing role, consider taking time off before starting your new position if possible, so you can start your new job feeling relaxed and ready for the challenge ahead. Choose your first-day clothes in advance so you’re not rushing on the day. Try to rest the day before and enjoy an early night.

Arriving for day one

On your first day, leave home early to avoid delays and arrive in advance to make a good impression. Whatever you do, don’t be late. Even if you’re told to arrive later than you normally would for the new job, it’s still worth leaving early to avoid delays. Bring everything you’re likely to need, including stationary, NI details, identification, and P45, and keep a notepad handy so you can record any essential information, particularly in fast-paced PA and EA jobs.

Familiarising yourself

When you’re in your new office, figure out where all the facilities are located, such as the kitchen, fire exits, and toilets—especially if you work in receptionist jobs where you’ll be directing people. Ask questions to show you’re enthusiastic about the company and the road ahead. Make sure your body language is positive and that you’re always accessible to your manager. Take a look around and assess the company culture to get a firm idea on the behavioural standards are acceptable. Are team members chatting and laughing or focused on getting the job done quietly?

Connecting with new colleagues

You won’t always be introduced to your colleagues by your new employer, so you may need to say hello and introduce yourself without being prompted. You could also e-mail your new colleagues to introduce yourself. Try to talk to as many people as possible and don’t turn down an invitation to lunch. Even if your first day isn’t a glowing success, you’ll have plenty to learn from to make tomorrow even better.

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