How To Prepare for Your First Day at Work

So, you’re about to embark on the first day at your new job. Whether it is your dream job, a temporary position or simply a stepping stone on your career path, it’s important to make a good impression. You’re going to show everyone how much of a good worker you are and how great of a friend you could be.

Your first day of work can be a very memorable day of your life. It could be the first time you lead a group of people, or the first time you have to make important decisions for the benefit of a company. While it’s usually the best day of the week, it can also be one of your worst. But no matter what, you will make the best first impression by being on your A-game. Here are some tips to make sure you have a successful first day of work:

Dress up properly

People judge you just by looking at you, so wear your best work clothes and make sure you look your best. You are going to a new job and want to receive positive attention from the people around you. Don’t go too extravagant, but don’t go too plain, and make sure it’s all dress code legal. The last thing you want is to be sent home for wearing too-short shorts.

Don’t be late

Bosses are very strict about punctuality, so arrive on time. Add a few extra minutes before you set out just to ensure no slipups force you to be late. If you do end up in a traffic jam, make sure to call your boss and let them know. 

Review onboarding and orientation materials carefully

A successful onboarding and orientation process should shorten the length of the employee training process and help prevent errors. Unfortunately, onboarding is often poorly thought out and may lead to negative and long-lasting experiences for new employees. This can be very concerning, especially if the new employee is a brand-new member of a small team. So don’t be afraid to ask questions to make sure you understand everything thoroughly.

Be friendly

Smile, be cheerful, and introduce yourself to as many of your new coworkers as you can. Proper business etiquette is the backbone of any company and showing that you are a friendly person, who listens and pays attention, will give your new co-workers a good impression.

Eat lunch with your coworkers

Eating with your coworkers is a great way to introduce yourself and get to know them. Here’s a pro tip: don’t bring stinking food like fish soup to your first lunch or you will clear the break room very quickly.

Say goodbye when you leave

It’s friendly, it’s polite, and it’s the perfect conclusion for your first day. Does this need any further explanation? 

For most of us, a new job means a fresh start: a boost in pay, a chance to branch out, and a chance to learn new skills. As a new employee, you’ll soon be expected to show up to work on time, get along with your coworkers, and learn the ropes. Failing to make an effort will leave a bad impression and could affect your ability to make friends in the company.