Starting a new job is hard for some. You walk in to a place where you know nobody and have to get straight into the work. Sometimes it can mean taking over projects of the person who left and just hoping that you don’t make a mistake. There are some things that you can do before and during your first day to make sure you start your new job the right way.
Dress to Impress
Remember the interview where you dressed in that smart suit? Use it for your first day, unless you’ve heard that the workplace has a different dress code. You want to go in so that you impress and set a good example. If you slack on the first day, your boss will worry about whether he made the right choice to hire you.
Watch Out for the Makeup
A bit of foundation (no, don’t go orange!) and some mascara will be enough to give your face a fresh look. It may be worth going in without any makeup at all and see what the others wear.
Watch Out for Negativity
Don’t go there with a negative view of anything. You’re not going to fail and you will not make a fool of yourself. Walk in with your head held high and proud that you were the one who got the role.
If you keep doubting yourself, you will end up making mistakes or you’ll go so slow that people around you will really get annoyed.
Don’t Complain About Your Old Workplace
Watch out for the things you say about your old workplace. Even if you did hate it or there were problems between people, you don’t want to take it to the new place. Your boss won’t appreciate it and will start to question what you say about his workplace behind his back.
Make a List of Questions and Ask Them
Before you go in, you’ll likely have a list of questions. Make a note of them all and get ready to ask them on your tour around the building. If they’re about the first day, you may want to email your contact to get the answers before you turn up.
When you’re there, ask any questions that you have during your training. It shows you want to learn and will prevent most of the mistakes happening.
Err on the Side of Caution
Not sure if you can do something, err on the side of caution. If there’s no one to answer your questions right now, do what you think is best and then ask people as soon as you know.
This includes having your cell phone on your desk or listening to music while you work. Just because someone else in the office is doing it, doesn’t mean you can—ask them what the rule is about what they’re doing.