10 secrets for a great first day

artice image

It’s never a great feeling being the new kid on the block; especially if you were with your previous company for a long time. To ease your nerves, see your new job as a fresh start and an adventure. Remember that the experience will help you grow professionally, meet interesting new people and learn the culture of a different company. Follow these easy steps to help make your transition into a new environment easier for you and less stressful for your nerves.

The early bird catches the worm
Whatever you do, don’t be late. Earn respect from your colleagues by arriving early, working all your required hours and avoiding long lunch breaks. The first few weeks are the best time to create a good impression.

Dress for success
A winning employee is confident, well dressed and in control. A positive image goes a long way to create a great first impression.

What’s in a question?
It’s a new job, which means that you’ll probably be clueless about most things such as the company’s policy and where the various facilities are. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it will help you avoid making mistakes and will also make you feel more at ease.

Focus on listening
Think of yourself as a sponge on your first day. Absorb as much information as you can by listening more than you talk. Listen to your colleagues to find out what their role is and figure out the dynamics of your work environment.

Lend a hand
If a colleague needs help offer to lend a hand. Taking on more responsibilities is encouraged as long as you are still able to perform your daily tasks successfully. By being proactive you prove that you aren’t afraid of hard work.

Chat to your colleagues

Your colleagues can potentially make or break your working experience. It’s a great idea to chat to them, ask questions and find common interests so you’ll always have something to talk to them about. Show them you’re happy to be there and want to know them better.

Respect goes a long way
Respect is earned. Treat your colleagues as you would like to be treated and you’ll earn theirs in no time.

Know your role
Set up a meeting with your manager and ask what your responsibilities are and what is expected of you. Find out how you will be judged and how often you will receive feedback. This will help you do a great job and erase the confusion around your role.

Don’t be an office gossip
Gossiping is never a good idea, especially if you’ve just started a new job. If others are gossiping around you, let them be, but don’t participate or give your opinion about the topic.

Find out who is tops
Learn who the important players are and try to learn from them as much as you can. Their experience and insight will really help you figure out what is valued.

Still looking for a new job? Visit Careers24, upload or create your CV and browse the wide range of jobs available.