You made it through the lengthy interviews, detailed assessments, countless references and tough negotiations. Congratulations. Here you are …the first day at your new job.
Although you may have already landed the job, it doesn’t mean it is time to sit back and kick your feet up. First impressions count especially when it comes to the people you are working with. Here are a few key points to remember for your first day to ensure you are off to a good start.
Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled shift to ensure you are not late on your first day. Keep in mind that you may have traffic to contend with or parking to find; all which may have been easy during the interview process when you were visiting outside of peak business hours.
A new environment can be scary. New faces, new surroundings, and new job duties. Introduce yourself. Make an effort to smile and say hello to your colleagues. After all you will be spending a better part of your time at work so takes steps to ensure that it is a positive working environment.
Take Lots of Notes
No one wants to see a new hire who thinks he or she can memorize all the training material without writing a word. Taking notes demonstrates your interest in your role and desire to do the job right.
If something does not make sense or you are unsure, ask. Without stepping up and make the query you will never know the right answer. Plus, this demonstrates that you take you role seriously and you want to do a good job. Most will be more than happy to help.
Keep an Open Mind
Although the function of the role may be the same, the processes are likely to be completely different. Don’t let this intimidate you. Most organizations have their own procedures to follow. Keep an open mind and go with the flow. With a positive attitude and willingness to change, you will adapt in no time.
Your first day has come to an end and you are finally at ease. You may not be 100% comfortable with your duties but you have overcome the stress and nervousness associated with starting a new job. Continue to build upon this each day by demonstrating your enthusiasm for your job and you will be climbing the corporate ladder in no time.
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