Starting a new job is often a daunting experience for many. Let’s face it, regardless of how experienced you may be, the first day in any job can be prove to be a mixture of emotions. It is inherent for new recruits to make a good first impression with their new colleagues and employers so by following these tips on the day of commencement, you can be guaranteed a successful transition in your new employment.
If there’s only one thing you should do on the first day of your new role, it’s be on time. I cannot stress how important this is. New employees should arrive at least fifteen minutes early to their employment. This will immediately create a good, lasting impression and show that you take your job seriously. If you are travelling to your new employment, be aware of traffic and any other factors that may be cause delays along the way and plan your route prior to taking off, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the surroundings.
Deciding on the appropriate dress code for starting a new job can prove difficult for some. There is a very fine line between being over dressed and underdressed for a new job so it is very important to find the right balance. Generally, the rule of thumb is to try and dress according to the role and the expectations of the organisation. If it is an office based role for example, then you should dress smart with no heavy makeup or perfume and keep jewelry to a minimum. If in doubt, it is no harm to contact the manager of your new employment prior to the day of employment.
It is only natural to feel nervous on your first day in your new employment. However, if you feel like you are being overcome by these last-minute nerves, just remember that they hired you for a reason and that you are more than capable for this new role. Giving yourself a little pep talk before your start, is sure to calm your nerves and boost your confidence when entering your new working environment. Employers love nothing more to see someone enter their organisation who oozes confidence and can convey this in their working day, when taking on challenging tasks.
It can be daunting meeting a new team of people on your first day, but nonetheless a very important element and one that you should show enthusiasm about. Take time to introduce yourself to everyone in your department and greet them with a warm and friendly smile. This will not only put your nerves at ease, but it will demonstrate that you are an approachable, likeable character and a strong team player. Remember to take advantage of any work lunches that come your way as this will help you establish a bond with your new work colleagues.
As with any new job, it takes time to adapt to your new surroundings. Be patient with the new transition and allow for mistakes to be made. Remember that nobody is perfect and human error occurs, especially in the first few weeks. Keep a notepad at hand, so that you can takes notes where needed and above all, do not be afraid to ask questions.