7 Successful Practices for Your First Day of Work
By Kylee McIntyre20-Feb-2019Views 1041

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The more work you put in beforehand, the more confident you'll be on your first day - and you'll come across as a team player. Photo credit: Pixabay.

As if the job search process doesn't have enough hoops to jump through, you're now ready for your first day of work. You accepted your offer, and all the paperwork has gone through. But your first few days of work can determine a lot for you in the near future, so it's important to make a good impression.

You already have accepted your offer, but you still probably have a probation period to get through - and you want to set the tone for the rest of your time with the company. If you're worried about what to wear, what to say, or how to act on your first day - no worries! We're here to help.

While reading, you may find that a lot of these tips sound similar to tips for your final stage interview - or even your initial phone interviews. That's because, though all these situations differ a little, the focus is still on making a good impression - and better than that, making you feel comfortable in a situation that's a little more stressful than normal.

Let's get you started on the right foot together.

1. Be ready for anything

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Stay engaged - it's even more important on your first day. Put your phone and social media away, and learn as much as you can from each interaction. Photo credit: Pixabay.

You can ask HR or your new boss questions about what to expect on your first day, but beyond that, be ready for anything. You might be in for a several hours' onboarding processes. You might have to jump straight into your duties. You might be in for a day of company cultural immersion - meaning a lot of names to remember, a lot of small talk, and probably a long and social lunch.

Also, because of the nature of tech, you should likewise be prepared to sit aside while people scramble around you. Onboarding you is another thing on the company's To Do list - you might need to be patient while they put out small fires.

2. Get enough sleep

This is the best way to be ready for anything. If you get anxiety the night before work, at least try to get good enough sleep in the days leading up to your first day. Set an alarm and try to relax the evening before. The morning of your first day, try to give yourself some time to look polished and have a good breakfast. If you feel prepared, it will come across in the way you act.

3. Give yourself enough time

If you don't know where the office is, figure out your route beforehand and factor in some extra time, especially if it's a commute you're not used to making. Maybe it's more crowded than you're used to in the morning, or maybe the signs for parking aren't clear.

Additionally, if you're there early, you can get a feel for the place, which will make you feel more prepared as you ease into your new role. You'll acclimate more quickly if you learn the location of the quickest lift, the best hidden breakfast spot, and how to get to the cleanest toilet in the building (every building has one).

4. Dress appropriately and comfortably

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You might not have to wear a suit and tie, but make sure you look put together and comfortable for your first day. Photo credit: Pixabay.

Ideally, you know how people at the company dress because you have talked over company culture in enough depth during the interview process. If your interview included a company visit, perhaps you also were able to note how people were dressed. Perhaps you even have instructions on what to wear on your first day.

If you feel like you're going in more blind than you should, play it safe - the best first impression you can make is by showing off your great personality and work ethic, so keep the attention on you. Go for something comfortable (because you need to be ready for anything!) and classy. Something tried-and-true works best - try to avoid coming in with a new haircut or new clothes. The less you have to worry about, the better.

5. Introduce yourself - to everyone - and ask questions

There's no way to hide it - you're new. The time to ask questions is now, while everyone is still poised to help you ease into your situation. Pretending you know how something works now might lead to you asking an embarrassingly simple question down the line - and hurt your team's productivity in the long run.

Really, all the time you spend now into basic things - getting to know people's names, getting to know who you're working with the most, and what to do when the printer makes a weird noise - will save you time in the long run, so consider this the time to be as curious as possible.

6. Research the company - and the people you'll be working with

first dayYou don't have to go full-on stalker - that's creepy. But a quick look at some of your team members' LinkedIns is totally fine. Photo credit: Pixabay.

You probably did the bulk of your research while you were in the interview process, so as long as you've kept up-to-date on major developments in the company, you're fine here.

Getting to know your coworkers on your first few days helps you be more proficient on a professional level but can also ease your social transition into the company. Knowing how to log in to the company backend is important, but office culture has little things too. Where do people go to hang out after work on Friday? What's the office's favorite restaurant? Is there an unspoken way to label things in the pantry? Give yourself time to get used to all of these factors when you're at a new job.

And if someone - especially your boss - asks you to lunch on the first few days, take the invitation. It'll be useful to have someone show you the ropes and show you're a team player.

7. Don't burn out!

The learning curve at a new place is intense, so don't try to do everything on the first day. You have a month to get your footing, and while you'll want to do that as fast as possible, tiring yourself out helps no one. Go home when your work for the day is finished and reflect - but don't forget to relax!

If coworkers ask you to hang out after work, go with them. That could be part of the company culture. Just don't stay out too late - you have several days more of this before this job starts to really feel like it fits.


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Kylee McIntyre
American tech, science, health, and environmental writer. Lover of scifi, fantasy, travel, and coffee. Find her on Twitter @ejkyleem.
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