What to expect

What to expect

How should I approach day one in my new job?

It took you a lot of effort to get the job – so make the most of it and try to settle down into your new place of work.   Your first day in a new job can be a nerve-racking experience but as long as you remember why the company hired you, you’ve nothing to fear.
Here are some handy tips on how to approach your first day:

  • Check the route to your workplace the week before. Have your journey planned and leave 30 minutes early just in case.
  • Have a good breakfast so you're not starving by 11 o’clock.
  • Make a good first impression by getting to your workplace early.
  • Dress appropriately and comfortably.
  • Bring a book and make notes - people’s names, login details, your extension number, your email password etc – just so you only have to ask once.
  • Shake hands firmly when introduced to colleagues, smile and make an effort to remember their names.
  • Do your homework – find out who you will be working with and what they do.
  • Keep yourself busy: The first day can go very slowly as you may not have an established work routine and may often be waiting on people to give you work and/or training. Keep yourself busy during these periods by studying your new company’s systems.
  • Turn off your mobile! Don’t make personal phone calls. If you have got internet access, only use it to look at the company’s own website.
  • Watch, listen and learn. If everyone around you is busy but you have nothing to do, watch listen and learn, there is lots of information you can pick up.
  • Be confident in your own ability: If you’re nervous, keep reminding yourself that this is your first day.

Is there anything that I should not do?

  • Be careful what you say about yourself on the first day. You will make friends but it is a good idea to wait a while before you tell your life story.
  • Your colleagues may tell you lots (both good and bad) about the company.  Take time to make your own mind up.
  • Never gossip about your old company. It’s a small world and you never know when you might need a reference or help from an old colleague.

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