Are you about to begin a new job in IT? The first day at a new job is critical for making the right impression. Employers expect you to demonstrate dependability, preparedness, politeness, good grooming, and—above all—normality. You have to make sure you fit in the job environment and can get along with your co-workers. Ultimately, you want to make those who hired you feel confident they chose the right candidate. Here are our top 10 tips for a successful first day on a new job.
- Test Drive Your Route Beforehand. If you take public transportation, know your bus/train arrival and departure times, as well as any transfers you need to make. Make sure to arrive 15-20 minutes early. It never hurts to be early on your first day.
- Do Research Beforehand. A sure way to impress your boss on the first day is to demonstrate a clear understanding of what the company does and what your role will be.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep. You want to be sharp and preferably awake while you meet dozens of new people, process loads of critical information or choose your accounts’ passwords.
- Dress Appropriately. Every office has its own definition of appropriate dress. Pay attention to what other people are wearing when you go in for your interview.
- Bring Your Lunch. Every office has a different lunch culture. If you’re unsure of the lunch habit at the new job, make sure to bring a hearty lunch that will help keep you focused throughout the day.
- Take Notes. Names and positions are probably the most important notes to take. Also, make sure you write down any details pertaining to your job functions so you can reference them at a later time.
- Don’t Be Yourself… Yet. You don’t know which lines not to cross yet, so refrain from too much humor, especially when the boss is around. On another hand, if you end up with a simple, redundant task, don’t complain. It takes time for people to see your potential and let you tackle more advanced tasks.
- Ask Questions. Asking questions will show that you care about the quality of your work and that you want to avoid making mistakes. If you find yourself having nothing to do, ask your manager: “Can I help you with anything?” This shows you are interested in the job and are a hard worker.
- Listen. Keep your critical thoughts to yourself on the first day. As time goes by, you will understand the company better and come up with a suitable way to express your opinions or suggestions. Show respect for others’ opinions and learn as much as you can about them.
- Be organized. If your desk is unorganized, your colleagues will assume the same about your work. Keep a clean desk and keep your files in order.
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