If you’ve been job hunting and have finally secured a job, congratulations! We know this is an exciting time, but there are few things to consider. Here’s more.
Don’t be late
Nothing screams “I don’t take my job seriously” more than being late, especially on the first day of work. We understand that things happen, whether it’s a fashion faux pas or crazy, unexpected traffic. That’s why it’s important to wake up earlier to make room for such unforeseen circumstances. First impressions are everything and being late makes the worst one.
Having a positive attitude and mindset goes a long way. Being enthusiastic in the workplace won’t only show up in your attitude and how you carry yourself around the workplace, but it’ll also show up in your work. And if we’re keeping it all the way real, who doesn’t want to be the ray of sunshine in the office?
Don’t get involved in office politics
You’re a newbie in your current workplace, so you don’t know the ins and outs of what’s happened before you arrived. Don’t get involved in office politics or gossip. If this means being a loner to stay as far away from the drama as possible, then that’s your best option. Don’t contribute to creating a toxic work environment.
Put effort into your appearance
We’re not saying slay all day and make the office your runway (although we wouldn’t be mad if that was your thing). Put effort into your appearance and dress the part- you’re a working professional now and your choice of outfits should say that. Looking professional can make you feel confident and help you be taken seriously around the workplace. Plus, it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Don’t be a know-It-All
Even if this isn’t your first job, you really don’t want to be the annoying Know-It-All that just stepped in. This doesn’t mean you should fade into the background and be a wallflower, but allow yourself to learn the culture of your new environment rather than coming in like you know everything. Even though you’re there to work, it’s important not to unnecessarily step on anyone’s toes.
Relax and have fun
We get it, it’s a professional work environment, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have fun. You can enjoy yourself while doing your job. Remember that there’s no way you’ll get everything right and be good at everything on the first day, so let go of those pressures and enjoy the experience!
You’ve probably heard a couple of tips and tricks about how to not sabotage yourself on your first day of work, and that’s okay, but you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. This is your first day and you’re bound to make mistakes, until you learn the ins and outs of your new environment. Be open to learning and asking for help and we promise you, you’ll be just fine, Good luck!