First days on a new job can always be a little nerve wrecking. You get nervous and it affects the way you act. Luckily there are some tips to help you get through the first day on the job.

  1. The first tip is first impressions always count. First opinions and impressions are usually based off of your appearance as well as your body language. Wear clothes that are appropriate for your workplace. Make sure the clothes that you wear are comfortable and something you feel confident in. Also, check what’s expected to be worn and buy a simple work wardrobe that you can easily mix and match.
  2. The second tip is being confident. Remember that out of several applicants who applied for this job they liked you enough to hire you. Confidence is a key quality for career success. You can’t complete a project or a task if you are constantly second-guessing your decision. Do everything with positivity and confidence. Not only can your boss pick up on your uncertain and unsure attitude your coworkers/teammates can as well. And if you feel unsure about your decisions they will follow suit.
  3. The third tip is being punctual. Show up on time. I’m sure everyone is familiar with the quote “If you’re five minutes early you’re on time, and if you’re on time, you’re late.” This is the quote you should live by. On your first day on a new job show up a little early. It displays that you are eager and ready to tackle any obstacle your first day throws at you. There’s a lot that is shown to your boss and coworkers when you’re always punctual. They will see that you’re a dependable and well-prepared employee.
  4. The fourth tip that will also help you with being on time is to set out the things you need the night before. You want to do everything in your power to avoid being late. So make sure your morning routine and departure go smoothly by preparing the night before. Lay out everything you need for work by the door such as important documents or paperwork, briefcase and/or work phone. Also, lay out what you plan to wear the day before. Make sure it’s ironed if needed and your shoes are shined or cleaned. Set two alarm clocks as well to eliminate the possibility of oversleeping you’ll sleep better knowing you have two alarms set.
  5. The fifth tip is to take the initiative to introduce yourself. One of the keys to success in your new job will be networking, building trust with your coworkers and learning how to work together as a team, and that starts on the first day. Start with a simple introduction such as “Hi, I’m ___ the new___.” Then from there start some small talk. Ask them what their position is, what it’s like working there or even ask for advice or tips. If they ask something about your job or position and you’re not sure about it I recommend saying with smile “I’m not sure what exactly I’ll be doing yet, but I’m looking forward to getting started.”
  6. The sixth tip is asking questions. Today is your first day, you’re probably still a little unsure on how things are going to go. So don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask your boss questions like: “Do you prefer updates through face to face meetings, emails, or voicemails?” “What are my responsibilities?” “What are the priority levels for those tasks?” “How do my responsibilities fit into the organization?” Make sure you’re clear on what your job and position is responsible for.
  7. The seventh tip is set up a calendar. Use it to write down all your training sessions, phone calls, and meeting times. You can also put down your deadlines for projects and break those down into milestones you want to hit along the way. Review your calendar at least three times a day: first thing in the morning so you know your agenda, right before lunch to see what afternoon holds and before you go home to plant tomorrow’s itinerary in your brain.
  8. The eighth tip is to create a to-do list. Much like calendars are a highly effective way to organize your tasks. Write down all the tasks that you need to get done for the week, and cross them off as finish them.
  9. The ninth tip is to do some research. Before you start your first day at the job do your research and learn as much as you can about this business or company.
  10. The final tip is to be positive and have an approachable attitude. No one wants to work with a coworker that comes off as rude every time they have a question. That’s a quick way to get fired. So remember no matter how frustrated you may get to keep a positive and approachable attitude.