Your first day in a new job can be very daunting!! It can feel a lot like your first day at school, and you might feel anxious and completely out of your comfort zone. The pressure is on as you know that it is important that you start off on the right foot and that everything goes well.

First impressions do count, so it is important to give yourself the best chance to make a good first impression. A little research can go a long way to ensure that you start off on the right foot.

Do your homework

You should have already done your research on the company that you are joining before you went for your first interview, but if for some reason you have not done much, do so now, before you start the job. Find out as much information as you can in terms of the company, what it does, the names of the people, and their titles, especially those in management and key positions.

Try to find out the size of the various departments, and the roles of each department. Pay particular attention to your department, and try to find out as much as you can about how it all works and where exactly you are going to be slotting in.

If possible, ask your new manager if there are any materials you can read or study before your first day at work. This will make a really good first impression and give you a jump start on your work. Just by taking the initiative and asking this question, will show that you are willing to go above and beyond, and that you take the initiative.

Work out the best route to the office

Arriving late for your first day is not a good idea. For this reason its important to ensure that you know where you are going, how long it is going to take to get to your new job, where you will be parking if you are driving, and bus timetables if you are using public transport. Give yourself extra time to get into the office, in the event that there may be traffic jams or an accident. Learn all of the routes to your workplace so that you can go a different way if traffic becomes problematic. Punctuality shows that you are a reliable and committed worker.

Dress appropriately

Make sure you are suitably dressed. The golden rule is rather be slightly over dressed than under dressed for your first day at work. It’s always difficult to know how your colleagues dress until you start working with them on a daily basis, and you can get a better feel for things. So even if when you came in for the interview, the norm seems to be that everybody dresses casually, ensure you are smart, neat, and appropriately dressed on your first day. Looking professional and being well dressed, will not only give a good impression, but will also help you to feel confident.If you are not sure what the dress etiquette is, don’t be shy to phone and find out before starting.

Someone who looks clean, tidy and professional can be perceived differently than someone who appears unkempt. Those perceptions although superficial, can alter the way a person is viewed ultimately.

Take notes

Make sure you have a notepad with you for the first day, and use it. Take notes to guide you. Write down people’s names and a bit of information on what they do, their job title etc. If you are worried you are going to get confused, write down a few reminders so that you will remember who is who. The first day can be overwhelming, with so much going on and so much to remember, it is so easy to forget details.

Find out what is expected of you

Find out as much detail as you can on what is expected of you, of what your role involves, on what the goals and aims of your department are, as well as your day to day duties and the practicalities around your role. Don’t be afraid to ask, it’s better to ask than to be making constant mistakes, because you are not sure of what is expected of you.

Observe how the company gets things done

Pay special attention to the companys management style, how your manager likes things to be done, as well as the company culture. By paying close attention to these details, it should help ensure you settle and fit into your new team and company as quickly and smoothly as possible.




One Response to “Starting a new job? How to ensure it all goes off smoothly”

  1. Patrick Hulley

    Since I closed my business down in Botswana I have not been able to get employment for 6 months. I am starting to think that maybe my age is now a problem at 58 but still very physically fit. I have always been in high demand in the earth moving business & really thought that I would not have to wait more than +– 3 months. Any advice would be most appreciated.


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