Maybe you're really confident and don't get anxious easily, but most people will be a little bit nervous when signing the contract for their first job. The first day at your new job will most likely be somewhere between exciting and nerve wrecking.
Of course, you would like to make a good first impression but things can still go wrong. This is why it can’t hurt to be aware of things to keep in mind when starting your new job.
Here are 7 tips to help you start your new job without a hitch:
Show up on time
Never show up late on your first day! This may sound obvious but you would be surprised how often it happens. It doesn't matter what kind of excuse you have, this is a classic example of making a bad first impression.
Being fifteen minutes early is no sin, instead it shows you're motivated and gives you time to ease into your new environment. Don’t plan to arrive right on time, only to get stuck in traffic on your first day of work.
Finally, make sure you have the contact details of your manager so you can give them a call in case something unpredictable does go wrong after all.
Leave at an appropriate time
Just like you're supposed to start at the same time as everyone else, it is advisable to not be the first person to leave the office when your day is done.
Your contract might say you're supposed to work until 6 pm. However, if all of your colleagues are still there when the clock strikes six, it might be better to get back into your chair.
Observe what is common and act on it. You don't have to be the one that turns off the lights, but being the first to leave on your first week of work is the other end of the spectrum.
Your first day can be overwhelming. There are so many new things to learn and so many new people to remember. Additionally, you will get important new starter information i.e. a password for your computer, email login, telephone number, and security codes.
You won’t remember all the information you’re told which is why it is helpful to make a note of important things. It also shows interest from your side when you're writing things down. Make sure to list the names of team members and their responsibilities.
Using a pen and paper might sound old fashioned in the age of smartphones with tools such as Evernote and reminder apps, but constantly looking at your phone might give of the wrong signal, even if you're doing it with the best intensions.
Keep your phone in your pocket
There is no excuse for using your smartphone excessively on day one. Your phone might be your go-to tool every other day, but in meetings and briefings there is nothing worse than someone constantly checking their phone.
A lot of meetings on your first day might be planned solely to get you up to speed, and nothing shows more disinterest than someone with their eyes glued to a phone.
It sounds so simple but many people dress inappropriately on their first day. You want to be a perfect fit within your team. Before starting a new job, always make sure you are aware of the dress code in the office.
If you have doubts, ask your manager or the HR department. It's not an uncommon question, and you shouldn't be afraid of asking it when you are signing your contract or even during your interview.
In order to make a good impression during your first week, you need to show interest and ask a lot of questions. Be proactive and show enthusiasm, this sets the tone for what your colleagues can expect from you and what they will remember you for.
Most managers will want to ease you into your role. This is why not every task you receive on your first day might seem all that exciting or interesting. But remember, you are just starting and maybe your manager wants to test you before he or she throws you into the deep end.
Good luck with putting these points into action and good luck with your new job!