Beginning a new year is a good time to think about firsts. If you’re about to start a new job, read these eight tips to make sure you make a good impression.
Work a full day. It’s not a bad idea to arrive a few minutes early on your first day. Return from all breaks on time, and be sure to stay until your shift is over, even if you’ve completed all of your work.
Dress appropriately. Each job will have different requirements, so make sure you know the dress code in advance.
Start with a good attitude. New jobs can be overwhelming, but go into it with an open mind, ready to adapt.
Make friends. While you want to make sure you do your job well, it’s also important that you enjoy going to work each day. Strong relationships at work will make your job easier.
Ask questions. Even if you’re familiar with a certain type of job, there’s always a lot to learn about the company and your coworkers. Be curious about your new position and be willing and interested in learning more.
Take initiative. Often, employers don’t pile too much work on employees on the first day, but this doesn’t mean that you should just relax and wait for assignments. Look around at things that might need to be done, and take cues from what coworkers are doing.
Listen. On your first day, observe and listen more than talk. There will be plenty of time for you to share your opinions, but for now, take time to learn about how the workplace operates.
Find a mentor. A mentor could be anyone that could help coach you about your new position. This could be an experienced coworker, a supervisor, or an employee that used to be in your position.