Does preparing for your first day in a new position have you nervous? If so, you aren’t alone, and you’re in the right place! Here’s how to grab the bull by the horns and not only survive but conquer your first day on your new assignment!
Look Your Best
First impressions are everything! Make sure you dress appropriately for your first day, even if it means overdressing. Iron the wrinkles out of your clothes, clean your shoes, and make sure to groom your hair. It shows that you are serious about your new position and representing the company well.
Arrive at Work Early
A good rule of thumb is to arrive about 15 minutes prior to when you are scheduled to come in. This gives you time to clear your head, get situated, and be ready to start your day by the time your supervisor expects you.
Come Prepared to Learn
You aren’t expected to know everything on your first day. It will serve you well to listen and ask questions. Take notes if you have too. This is a much better approach than coming in and assuming you know how everything works. Coming off as a know-it-all is a quick way to rub your supervisor and fellow team members the wrong way.
Connect with Your Coworkers
Your first day will probably feel a little chaotic, so it may be challenging to get to know everyone. However, make an effort to at least introduce yourself to every team member. You may not remember everyone’s name the next day, but the effort will certainly be appreciated and something to build upon.
Use Downtime Wisely
Chances are, your first day will be drastically different from a typical day. You’re just learning how things work. You may or may not have permissions to the company’s systems yet. The bottom line is you may have downtime. Use it wisely. Do not take it as an opportunity to take a long lunch, run a quick errand, or wander around aimlessly. Take the time to learn more about how the day-to-day operations, complete required onboard training and get your office set up.
Do Not Dip Out Early
Show your commitment to your new position and company by offering to stay late to absorb more information or finishing new-hire paperwork. Running out of the door as fast as you can on your first day will not leave a positive impression.
Ready to Tackle a New First Day?
Following these tips will help your first day go much more smoothly and leave a good impression on your supervisor. When you get ready to take the plunge on the next step in your career, turn to Arrow Staffing. With nearly 40 years of experience, our experienced staffing specialists will match your skills and career goals with the perfect position. Contact us today for more information!