After the endless job search and interviews, you finally receive and accept an offer. Then comes the first day at work, when everything is new and exciting. An interesting fact is that, the first day at work is becoming more and more of a norm for Americans. According to the Bureau of Labor, the average millennial worker today stays at a job for only less than 3 years. That means each of these workers will have switched through 15 to 20 jobs throughout their career, and that means 15 to 20 “first days” at a new job.
The first day at work can be fun for some people and awkward for others. However, it is always crucial as you will be leaving the first impression on your new boss, new colleagues, and even new clients. So how do you make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible on your first day? Here are a few tips for all of the rookies out there:
1. Dress smartly
If you dress properly, there is no guarantee that people will notice, but if even just one thing is wrong, it can become the new office gossip within minutes of your arrival. Therefore, pay extra attention to your outfit for the first day. It’s best if you know and follow the dress code of your new work place. If not, use your judgment. Also, make sure that your outfit is properly cleaned and ironed the day before.
2. Be punctual
There is nothing more unprofessional than making people wait for you. On the first day, there will usually be someone who will show you around and introduce you to everyone. Make sure you know who this person is and when they are expecting you to show up. It’s a new work place so allow extra time to get there. Be sure to make allowance for heavy traffic, limited parking, or even getting lost.
3. Be friendly
While it is a common sense to be nice to your superior, you should also try and be friendly with your co-workers and everyone else you see at your new job. Perhaps a simple smile or self-introduction will go a long way. Since it is the new place, you never know if you will need a little help from someone later.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Everybody knows that you are new and does not expect you to know everything. Plus, it is better to ask questions and learn from it, rather than making mistakes out of ignorance. Asking questions is also a great way to break the ice with your colleagues and show them that you value their opinion.
5. Make yourself part of the family
The most important thing on the list is not to worry too much. Even though it is a whole new place, remember that you are already accepted into the company. After reviewing your resume and interviewing you, the company has decided to take you on, and that is because they believe in your ability. Therefore, just relax and enjoy the first day at your new job. Soon enough, you will become a company veteran and look back at this first day with fond memories.