First day jitters strike everyone. No one, even top corporate executives,are able to avoid the nervousness of turning up to the first day of work. A new environment with completely new people can make anyone nervous. However, fret not, for our guide will ensure that you handle this like a pro.
Tip 1 - Do not try too hard to get noticed
Nobody likes a try hard. While giving off a good first impression is important, do not come off as too strong. I once had to work with an eager to please newcomer colleague who couldn’t give me the personal space to do my work. Too much small talk can be counterproductive. Recognize that you are in a working environment and keep it professional. This is especially true on your first day of work.
Tip 2 - Prepare and ask questions
It is your first day and you are scared. Will you be able to work well with your new colleagues? Are you equipped with the skills to meet the demands of this new role? Hence, it is important to prepare yourself a day before and ask the right questions. Ask the right questions to the right people. You would not want to ask the IT guy about HR policies, would you?
Tip 3 - Show up early
Experts suggest showing up as early as 15 minutes on your first day. First impressions matter and a latecomer on his or her first day gives off a poor impression.
Tip 4 - Dress the part
When in doubt, take the conservative approach in how you dress for your first day. Be as professional as you were in the interview process. It is recommended you prepare a day in advance with what you are going to wear. Remember the famous saying : ” Dress for the job you want, not the job you are currently doing.”
Tip 5 - Identify the decision makers
You want to know who makes the decisions and how they are made. It will be immensely useful for you as you work your way through. Start from day one and this knowledge will help you maximize your time and skills.
If you are working in a strictly hierarchical organization, you will need to know who to talk to get things done. On the contrary, if you are working in a flat a structure, its important to know what decisions you can or cannot make.
Tip 6 - SMILE!
No one will approach you if you are frowning or looking serious all the time. Smile and project the image of someone who is approachable and friendly. Your colleagues will like you better for it.
Tip 7 - Be interested in your colleagues
People like to talk about themselves. It is important that you show that you are interested in what they have to say. Show interest and you will receive interest. This is a great way to breaking down barriers and developing a deeper understanding with people you will be seeing a lot.
Tip 8 - Be yourself
Its hard pretending to be someone you are not in most situations. You want to project your genuine self to your new colleagues. By behaving like yourself, you set realistic expectations between each other. This is key to building healthy interactions with your colleagues over time.
Tip 9 - Mind your body
The body language you communicate on your first day can make or break your first impression. When talking to your colleagues, your body language must be of someone who is eager to listen. Learn forward, sit up straight and smile. When being introduced, give a firm shake handshake and smile. These little touches can go a long way!
Now that you have read our tips, you are ready to go conquer your new workplace on your first day of work! Remember to keep calm, professional and project an image of a confident and approachable co- worker.
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