Plan your journey – being late on your first day leaves a terrible first impression – make sure you plan the commute and allow extra time. A test run before your start date is a good idea, especially during rush hour. Arriving slightly early will prove that you are eager to start and they don’t have to worry about how reliable you are.
Dress appropriately – see if you can find out the general dress code for the company. Dress similarly to your colleagues to make sure you fit in. If you are too formal it can put people off approaching you. Equally, being too casual can be just as bad. You want to look like you have made an effort.
Smile and be friendly – you will be naturally nervous and apprehensive, but this is the most important time to be personable. You are meeting your new colleagues for the first time and it will help you to start off on the right foot. Try to remember names!
Research – before you start working for a new company, learn about what they have to offer and how they operate, it could help you going forwards, especially if they throw you in at the deep end in your first week. Displaying knowledge on the company will tell the employer you are serious about the job.
Take notes – write down any information that relates to your role and duties. You can refer back to this later on and it limits the amount of questions you have to ask. Write processes in a way that you understand and keep them to hand until you are completely confident.
Embrace change – accept the challenge of learning a whole new role and don’t panic! You can’t learn everything overnight, give yourself a chance and set yourself up to succeed. Plenty of sleep will work wonders. Try to relax, it’s never as bad as it seems!
Ask questions – pay attention to any training given to you and ask questions if you don’t understand. Ask questions to any senior management you meet – it shows your interest in the business and starts conversations.
Leave on a high note – thank whoever helped you during the day and make sure it is known that you appreciate any training and advice offered to you – gratitude can go a long way and the same people will be likely to offer their assistance to you again in the future.
The first day is always the hardest, just be yourself and don’t try too hard. Take the day step by step and it won’t seem so daunting. See the completion of day 1 as an achievement. Use it to build on going forwards and notice your progress.