Your first day in a new job tends to be a whirlwind of information, new faces and more names than you can remember. To make a potentially overwhelming process a bit easier we have a few simple tips worth taking on-board when you start.
Whilst you’d never be expected to remember everything you’ve learnt on your first day it certainly helps to show initiative. Keep a notepad with you and jot down any information which will be useful to you at a later stage. Asking other employees the same questions twice only wastes their time, get yourself a reputation for being a quick learner and you’re off to a great start.
During your first day your new colleagues will share with you a ton of information about their workplace culture and the values of the business. This is an opportunity to learn loads about how the business operates, the skills and KPI’s which managers really value, and the day-to-day workplace norms like email etiquette and where to go for lunch. Absorbing as much information as possible can make your transition far easier and will help you to score some quick wins in your new role.
When you don’t know anyone’s name yet or who your friends will be, being friendly to everyone doesn’t hurt. Say hi, introduce yourself when you can, and remember to smile even if you’re nervous. You don’t have to make big waves on your first day but you’ll thank yourself for making a good first impression.
Identify the friendliest person
Learning everything seamlessly is a great goal to have but in the eventuality that you have a few outstanding questions it helps to have someone you can ask without embarrassment. Identify the friendliest person in the room and use them as a go-to when you find yourself stuck.
Before people know you for who you really are, they’ll judge you on the first impressions you give. You may be knackered and ready to get straight home when the clock hits half five, but don’t be the first person out the door. Looking like you’re only there to do the minimum is not the discussion you want people to be having in your absence. Go above and beyond to give your new colleagues the confidence they need.
- Tim Donaghy, Head of Permanent Delivery
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