It is bad enough that you are the newbie at an office, you don’t want to add having a bad day to it. While there will definitely be a lot of things for you to get used to while also trying to prove your worth on the job, there are basic steps that can easily make the transition smoother for you:
Arrive early, leave late
You will always be expected to be on time for work, but if you want to make a strong first impression on the first day, arrive a little early. Of course, ask your manager what time to arrive and show up a few minutes before then. It shows you’re eager to get started. Same goes for the end of the day. Stay a little late to show you’re dedicated to getting the job done and aren’t just watching the clock.
Dress appropriately for the first job
If you want to learn how to make a strong first impression. Like it or not, people form their initial impressions of you and judge your personality based solely on appearance. Dressing in proper business attire presents a visual image and sends a message that you are professional. When in doubt, it’s better to overdress on the first 14 days and then adjust your wardrobe as needed. Ask your manager or refer to your company’s policy on attire if you’re unsure.
Be professional and Smile
Your first day at work is not a day for you to put on a hard face. Put on a genuine smile which will show you’re excited to be at the company. A smile goes a long way to make goodwill. It would help if you also were mindful of social cues from co-workers. Maintain a friendly demeanour and greet your new colleagues with a smile or friendly introduction, if you haven’t met them yet.
Do not be timid while introducing yourself
You’ll meet multiple people on your big day. When you introduce yourself, be confident as it will leave a good lasting impression. Make conversations with co-workers, and give a candid smile. Let them know that you’re always happy to help and collaborate with them. Unfortunately, conveying self-assurance is easier said than done.
Listen and ask questions
It’s perfectly acceptable to feel unsure about your role and about the company’s processes at first. Everyone has had the first day and everyone needs help. It will make you human to be humble and ask for assistance. Importantly, ensure you listen to your new manager and take notes so you can refer back to them later. If you are not clear on what he or she is asking, ask questions until you are clear. You can also do a portion of what you are asked and then present it to your manager, asking, ‘Is this what you were looking for?’”
By Damilola Faustino
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