Whether you’re a fresh graduate who is going to start at a new job, or an engineer who transferred to a different company, it’s always good to know some tips that can help you on your first day of work. You may already know some of these, but they can be a good reminder and also as a guide for improvement.
Prepare and ask questions
Once you are endorsed to your new supervisor or manager, make sure you listen to everything he/she says and prepare some questions. Asking questions proves that you are actively listening to them and are interested in the job you are going to perform. Ask them about the specifics of your job description, to whom are you going to officially run to if you have inquiries or problems, how is the chain of command in this company, what are his/her personal team rules. Ask everything that you think is important.
Prepare a short pitch about yourself
Most company teams would require you to give a short introduction about yourself to the whole team. So prepare a short 30 second to 1 minute clip about yourself beforehand.
Remember, first impressions last. NEVER be late on your first day, no excuses. As much as possible, get to work 15 to 30 minutes earlier. This way, you’ll be able to observe the physical office more.
Observe the work environment
Not all work environments are the same, so it’s important that you observe and adapt. For example, there are work environments that are traditional and classic, everyone addresses people by prefixes such as Sir/Maam, while there are more lax work environments wherein the employees call each other on a first name basis. You should also observe the office politics, and chain of command. It’s all about observing and adapting.
Your first day of work can be nerve wracking, but always remember to relax. Usually, you will be instructed to observe on your first few days of work. So, take advantage of this time and act like an ultra absorbent sponge. Absorb all the knowledge you can get and relax.
It’s everyone’s best asset. No one wants to train/approach/work with someone who doesn’t even try to smile. It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or extrovert, just learn to give a sincere smile.
These are just a few tips, but I hope it will help you get through your first day with a positive note!