12 July 2018

5 Tips for your first day at your new job!

We all know how stressful the first day at your new job can be. Although you’re probably excited, usually those first days can be also very nerve-racking.
First impressions are everything, and if you want to show that you were the right pick, you need to be well prepared.

Here some tips on how to impress your boss and coworkers on your first day.

1.    Plan your time and start early

Time management is a very essential skill for every job. As you did in your interview, make sure you arrive at work 15-20 min early. This shows that you’re organized and eager to start the job.
Arriving early not only makes a good impression on your new boss but also gives you a chance to get to know the environment and mentally prepare yourself. You can also use the time to get a cup of coffee, maybe even interact with some of your new colleagues. Getting to know them while having breakfast or coffee, before the busy day starts, is a great way to develop work relationships that will pay off in the long run.
Arriving early isn’t just recommended, it’s expected. In addition, arriving early helps ensure that you create a strong first impression on your employers.

2.    Be positive – Smile and be professional

A genuine smile can open many doors for you, especially when you’re in a new environment. It shows that you’re open and excited to be at the company. Being enthusiastic about your new position is also a sign that you’re eager to learn new things.
By keeping a positive attitude and being friendly to anyone you meet, you can make a great first impression on those around you. It shows that you’re an open person and a team player. 

3.    Be confident when introducing yourself

Smiling, making an eye contact and having a solid handshake is the perfect way to show confidence and leave a very good impression to those you meet.
It is important to avoid isolating yourself on your first day at work. Introducing yourself is the first step to make new acquaintances and friends and to integrate to the team and the company more quickly.
For those individuals who don’t feel comfortable in a social situation, just remember that a simple introduction will do just fine. You don’t have to force yourself to get to know others immediately, you’ll have plenty of time to do that later. 

4.    Ask questions

Asking questions is a powerful skill! It will help you get the right information, learn new things quickly and make better choices. Nobody expects you to know everything on your first day, so don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Asking questions shows not only genuine interest in the job but also a desire to learn. This is very important for every employer. It also shows that you want to be successful, that you want to do things the right way and you’re interested in how the things are done in the company.
Make sure though you’re not interrupting people while listening to the answers. Wait until they finish and then ask additional questions, if necessary.
In addition, everyone worries that they should feel obligated to know their role on their first day, but in reality, it is completely normal to feel unsure or not understand your position on the first day of work.

5.    Practice good listening skills

If asking questions is a powerful skill, good listening is even more powerful. Mastering those two essential skills will help you excel not only at your job but also in life.
The first day can be really very overwhelming, you’re loaded with a ton of new information, but if you pay attention and remember your coworker’s name, for example, you will seem more likable.
Every employer wants a good listener because it shows them you are able to focus and pay attention; it shows you are more likely to get things done the first time. This on a long run will help you gain trust and advance in your career.

To practice active listening, you need to keep in mind few things.

First, try to be attentive and to stay relaxed. By being relaxed, you’re naturally able to process more information and remember the essential part of it.

Try to maintain as much eye contact as possible when the speaker is talking to you. When you have to write certain things down it can be difficult, but it is very important from time to time to maintain the eye contact. It shows that you respect the speaker, paying attention to what is been said to you and that you’re eager to learn.

Last but not least, is the timing when you have follow-up questions. Asking follow-up questions shows that you’re genuinely interested.  But don’t try to overdo it! Wait for the speaker to pause before you begin with the questions. When you wait for the pause you can get a clear signal that the speaker has finished and that he gives you the opportunity to ask questions. Make sure you wait, because interrupting is typically perceived as being rude.

In conclusion, it all comes down to be well prepared and as the saying goes, “You cannot make a first impression twice”
We hope our small tips will help you better prepare for your new job and will give you a clear idea of how to make a good impression. Good luck!