It seems people always have advice to give on how to write a perfect resume or ace your interview, but not many people seem to have any tips for you about how to act once you’ve actually GOT the job. Starting your first day of work can be almost as nerve-racking as the actual job interview, and knowing how to act and what to expect when you do finally start your new job is an important aspect that seems to be often overlooked. Expectations can vary among companies and industries, but there are a few general guidelines that should apply to most employees on their first day of work. The following are 4 things to do to make sure your first day of work is a successful one:
1 – Know the Dress Code. While it shouldn’t be difficult to obtain this information, you always want to make sure you know the standard company dress code. You’ll want to do your best to clarify what may be considered “business casual” or “business formal” to that particular company. You can usually figure this out by observing other employees during your interview, or by simply asking the manager who hired you. It may not need to be said, but keep in mind that you are in a business setting. It’s always good to dress for success, but be sure that your view of dressing for success doesn’t turn into something inappropriate.
2 – Be On Time! You never want to be late for a job interview, so why would being late on your first day be acceptable? Make sure to do your own research and get an idea of how long your commute may end up being. If you are required to drive in a heavily populated area , be sure to factor in for the morning rush hour that you may have to deal with. No one will frown upon being early, but arriving late on your first day may potentially start you off on the wrong foot with most of your co-workers.
3 – Be Professional. This applies every day at work, but it is something you’ll want to be even more conscious of on your first day. First impressions are everything, and the way you first present yourself to your co-workers will largely shape their overall opinion of you. You’ll always want to try to introduce yourself to everyone you can, but make sure to be courteous if they seem to be engaged in their work or busy on a certain assignment.
4 – Keep Personal Items to a Minimum. All company cultures are different. Some companies allow employees to listen to music or send occasional text messages throughout the day, while others frown upon any kind of personal time in the office. Until you are more familiar with the company culture, it would be a safe bet to keep the music off and the cell phone away (especially during meetings).
Making a good impression on your first day of work is something everyone wants to do. By simply thinking ahead and following a few simple guidelines, you can be sure to make the first day of your new job a smooth and successful one.
Be sure to watch our video for some examples of what NOT to do on your first day of work!