Everyone feels a little stressed on their 1st day of a new job, this is very normal. So herewith a handy list of things to help you:
Prepare and ask questions. Show that you are curious and eager to learn. Types of questions to ask would be practical questions on how to succeed in your role.
Prepare an elevator pitch: a 30 second explainer of who you are, where you were before, your new role at this company. Bit of a brief explanation to new colleagues you meet
Show up early: 15 minutes before start time is a good idea. If you haven’t practiced the route to work before, it’s a good idea to do so before you start. You want to make a good 1st impression and also not feel stressed on your 1st day
Figure out the social landscape: partner with positive colleagues
Relax: so that you can optimize your productivity, make sure you’re well rested for your first day
Smile: be happy and enjoy the moment, shake hands and smile when meeting new people, make a point of saying you are happy to be there. Co-workers remember a positive disposition
Look and play the part: when in doubt take the conservative approach in dress code ad in what you say and do. Be as professional as you were during the interview process. Where possible try find out the dress code before you start to blend in and make you feel comfortable.
Don’t be shy / extend yourself: make a point to reach out and introduce yourself to others
Lunch: if you’re offered to go on lunch with the boss, then do say yes
Listen and observe: The best thing anyone can do in the first few days of a new job is “listen, listen, and listen.” It’s not time to have a strong opinion. Be friendly, meet people, smile, and listen. This is a prime opportunity to hear about the goals your boss and others have for the company, the department, and top projects. It’s your chance to grasp the big picture, as well as the priorities. Be prepared to take lots of notes.
Don’t try too hard: fight the urge to impress. You have the job, be yourself, relax, stay positive, learn the ropes and you will impress soon enough
Pay attention to how decisions are made: by listening and observing you should be able to learn the decision making process. Are decisions made after an event occurs or before. This way you know how to mould yourself to fit the culture
Talk to peers: One of the most invaluable insights you can get early on is how the department operates from the perspective of your peers. If you establish that you’re friendly and approachable early on, you will start on the right foot in establishing trust
Project high energy and enthusiasm: your attitude and work ethic are more visible than your skills in the early days. Everyone wants to work with positive and upbeat people
Learn the professional rules: job description, whether written or verbal, the areas you are being measured on, all expectations
Put your cellphone on silent: You need to be 100% present at work, especially on the first day.
Show interest: You’ll likely be introduced to many people, and while they may make the first attempt to learn a little about you, make an effort to find out about them. It’s not just flattering, it will help you do your job better
Pay attention to your body language: your body language makes up the majority of your communication in the workplace. Assess what you’re communicating to better understand how others may perceive you, and make any necessary adjustments.
If things go wrong: it’s ok. The last thing to remember is that while the first day at a new job is very important, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t go flawlessly. You might look back on your performance on day one and second-guess yourself. Yes, you should prepare and try to do your best, but remember that if you try to accomplish too much, you may get overwhelmed. Know that there’s always tomorrow.