8 Tips When Starting a New Job
The first day on a new job can be daunting. There are new names and new faces to remember and you’re trying to orientate yourself in a new environment. You are trying to match the names and faces of your new colleagues to the company organisational chart in an attempt to understand the reporting relationships between people.
You know this will help you understand who is directly relevant to your role and who is not. You observe different power plays when you observe the way people interact with each other. All the while you have a smile painted on your face as you try to make it look natural and not forced.
So here are 8 key tips to help you on your first day in the office:
- Tip #1 Get a good night’s sleep
Try and make sure that you are refreshed, alert and clear headed on day 1. There will be lots of names to remember and lots of things to learn. Bring your A-game by sleeping well the night before.
- Tip #2 Dress slightly above the dress code
You can always take your tailored coat off but always make sure you are slightly above the dress code. The adage that it is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed in true in the workplace. Take your cue from your boss and your boss’ boss and dress accordingly. You want to be taken seriously in this role, and if you have ultimate long-term goals to progress in the company you need to impress those above you, not on the same level as you.
- Tip #3 Be careful about the perfume or aftershave you wear
You want to make an impression on your new co-workers, but not because of your choice of cologne. If you must wear it, make it light. Some people find strong cologne unpleasant in the workplace so be mindful of others when dressing for the day. Take particular care if you have to share an enclosed office with a small number of people.
- Tip #4 Arrive early – but not too early
There is a person or persons who are preparing for your arrival on your first day. They are also trying to do some of their own work before you get there. So don’t turn up 30 minutes early, or even 15 minutes early as it throws your new manager out and may even annoy them. Early is great, but too early is not.
- Tip #5 When you get introduced to someone – ask them what it is they do that might relate to your role
Don’t be the quiet new guy or gal in the workplace or take that passive role during the introductions. When new staff are being introduced to me at my workplace I notice that without fail none of them ask me about what I do. In their defence their head is probably spinning because they have just been introduced to a dozen other people BUT being proactive, even on Day 1 sends a signal that you are not afraid to get to your know colleagues and that you are open and willing to learn.
- Tip #6 Understand that people sometimes have this peculiar behaviour where they may not introduce themselves unless someone else introduces them to your first
I have been guilty of it – I think most of us have. That scenario where you see someone and they might smile, but they don’t talk to you because well….’we haven’t met yet’. It’s not personal and it is a very human thing for people to do. While you may feel the onus is on incumbent employees to introduce themselves, take the initiative and do it yourself. Survey the office and note who you haven’t personally met. Then take advantage of the next time they cross your path, extend your hand, smile and introduce yourself. It certainly beats those awkward moments of not talking to someone just because nobody introduced you.
- Tip #7 Make good use of your induction meeting with your manager
The first day and sometimes the first few days you’ll be bombarded with things to read when really you just want to get into the something more substantial. In your first induction meeting with your manager make sure you get really clear on what he or she views are your key priorities in your first 2 weeks. Find something that you can do and deliver. For your own professional brand you want to get that first project out of the way, no matter how small – so that your employer can see that they made an excellent decision in hiring you.
- Tip #8 Smile - genuinely
Even if it is not your personality, make a positive first impression on your work colleagues. Your boss has met you at interview and hired you. But everyone else is thinking ‘why did he/she get the job?’ So make an effort to push past your comfort zone and be open, friendly, warm and smile. Once people see you are approachable, they will relax more.
The first day on the job can be tough. But keeping a few simple things in mind will make it much easier.
DotPointz for your first day on the job;
- Get at least 8 hours sleep the night before
- Dress slightly above the dress code
- Be careful about the perfume or aftershave you wear (less is more)
- Arrive early – but not too early
- When you get introduced to someone – ask them what it is they do that might relate to your role
- Understand that people sometimes have this peculiar behaviour where they may not introduce themselves unless someone else introduces them to you first
- Make good use of your induction meeting with your manager
- Smile - genuinely
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