Tips For Surviving Your First Day In A New Job
Survival Tactics For Your First Day In a New Job
Making the right impression on the first day of your new job
is vital to ensuring that your relationships with your future colleagues get
off to the best possible start.
With the tension in the run up to interview and the
resounding feeling of celebration once you know you have the job, the practicalities
of the first day seem like a long way off and little to trouble yourself with
Yet a little bit of forward planning can mean that you
stride into your new place of work feeling confident, prepared and ready to fit
into part of your new team.
- Know where you work and know how to get there –
simple you might think, but are you sure what the journey times may be like in
rush hour, what alternative transport methods are available and which office
you are based at if there is more than one site? The truth is a little forward
planning can save you the embarrassment of stumbling in at 9.35am, red faced
and sweating from the 45minute jog to get there. First impressions count – be on
time and be in the right place.
- Know what to wear – make sure you dress appropriately
for the place of work – you had a good opportunity to get the measure of the
dress code in your interview, so use that as a base. Do not be afraid to add
your own personality to formal office wear, within reason. However if you work where there is a strict uniform
policy, be sure your attire does not violate it. Take the initiative and get in
touch with your new employer should you any doubt as to what is acceptable or unacceptable.
To score some easy points – ask if they have a uniform policy and could you
have a copy?
- Take action – do not sit around waiting for
people to introduce themselves, introduce yourself. Approach people
purposefully but with a smile and an extended hand. Explain to them it’s your
first day, who you are and what role you will be doing, then ask them for the
same information. If you sit wilting in a corner waiting for your colleagues to
come over – you may be waiting a long time – some may not even notice you are
new. Make the right impression as a confident, personable and professional team
player. Most people find new introductions awkward, so chances are if you take
the direct action approach people will warm to you faster for being forward.
- Be body aware – what you do not say your body
will say for you. Body language is one of the most important communicators –
you want your body language to convey a confident professional who is
comfortable in their new surroundings. Stand tall, small at people and give
them eye contact. Let them know you are friendly and willing to engage with
them. Slumped shoulders and eyes fixed on the ground – will not result in
others warming to you.
- Finally – do not be afraid to ask questions –
people will be far more willing to help if you ask them for support – it fosters
synergy within the team – everyone is able to help everyone else. People will
not be able to guess you need help if you do not ask for it, or may be embarrassed
to help if by doing so they think they will damage your pride.
Hopefully these above tips will give you some guidance of
things to bear in mind when you step into your new place of work for the first