Top 10 Tips for Success on Your First Day

So your first day in your new role is here and you’re super keen to please your new employer and kick start this next chapter in your career. First things first, let’s not get too worked up – this is an exciting day – new environment, new people, new challenge!

Here are some things to consider to ensure you nail your first day…

1. Plan Ahead

Get your outfit together, pack yourself a notepad & pen and any documentation they’ve asked you to bring. It’s probably worth taking some refreshments with you as well as your brain will be working overtime. Why not pop an email to your new Manager the day before, just to check if there’s anything else you need to bring or prepare.

2. First Impressions Count

Plan your journey and parking arrangements in advance to ensure you get there on time. Make sure you know who you’re asking for on your first day too so you’re not dithering in reception. Time to hide those nerves and to smile and greet your new colleagues. Remember, to make eye contact, give a firm hand shake and introduce yourself.

3. Review the Job Specification Again

Take a moment or two to look over the Job Description for your new role to refresh your memory on your main roles and responsibilities. It’ll likely have been a month or so since you last looked at it so jog your memory.

4. Ask for a Tour

You’ll need to find your way around your new surroundings so ask if one of your colleagues could show you around. Learn all the important pit stops like the coffee station, toilets etc.

5. Start Building Rapport

Do your best to try and remember the names and job titles of your new colleagues. It may be worthwhile asking HR if they’ve got an organisation chart that you can have a copy of to help you get to know everyone. Chat to your new colleagues about their roles and their time with the company.

6. Take your Lunch Break

Make sure you take time for a breather at lunchtime and take a moment away from your desk. Try your best to get talking to people from the wider business in breakout areas.

7. Be Inquisitive

It’s important that you ask plenty of questions to help you get to grips with your new role. Don’t be afraid to ask people to repeat themselves or explain things in a little more detail if you’re not sure. Don’t be afraid of looking too eager – they’ll be pleased that you’re keen to learn.

8. Make Plenty of Notes

Your first day is likely to be a whirlwind, so give yourself a fighting chance of remembering things by taking down notes that you can refer back to.

9. Establish Expectations with Your line Manager

Take your first day as an opportunity to map out what your Line Manager’s expectations are for the days, weeks and months ahead. Discuss you induction programme and what your learning and personal development pathways will look like so you’re clear on what’s to come.

10. Rest Up

Get yourself home at a reasonable time on your first day in order to get yourself some well-earned rest. Your mind will likely be racing with information, so it’s good for you to head home and percolate it all so you’re fresh for day 2!

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Wishing you the best of luck in your new role!

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