Starting a new job? Top tips for your first day

Be Prepared –No waking up late, rushing around last minute to get ready, not leaving enough time to make lunch and then hastily running out the door.  Help to put your nerves at ease by being prepared before you go, even from the night before. If you’re working from the office and haven’t been there already, make sure you know the route to work and plan enough time to get there (factoring in traffic and any possible delays). Make sure you know everything you need to bring on your first day and pack it the night before! If they don’t have a copy of it already your employer may require you to bring your ID, National insurance number, P45 etc. Most importantly make sure you know when you’re supposed to be there! Some company’s have new starters come in at different times depending on who’s available to induct them. You don’t want to be too early and you definitely don’t want to be late! You should receive all this information before your first day but if you’re unsure don’t hesitate to ask. 

Be Presentable – The organisations dress code should be outlined in your contract/employee handbook. Make sure your clothes are clean, pressed and appropriate for work. First impressions are important, and taking pride in your appearance can help you make a good one. Also being dressed for the part can make you feel more confident in yourself which is exactly what you need on that first day.

Be friendly – It can be nerve wracking having to meet so many new people, and all of us can get shy sometimes. Try to be as open as possible. Introducing yourself to your new co workers is a good way to break the ice and make you feel more comfortable, even if its just a quick email. Starting to build those new work relationships should make the whole transition a lot easier as you will have connections that you can ask for help if you need it.

Be organised and proactive – The likelihood is you’ll have A LOT of information thrown your way in your first few weeks, especially on your first day. Learning to navigate a whole new building, how to use an array of new systems, learning your role and where you fit in the business, and figuring out the work culture can be overwhelming. Although you probably won’t start with large, difficult projects, it’s a good step to remember as much information as you can. Take notes if you need to and don’t be afraid to ask for help or confirmation. Its okay to make mistakes, everyone does! But showing that your taking extra initiative to do the best you can will go a long way.   

Be yourself – Nothing worse than feeling like you have to act a part or hide your real self. Get a feel for your organisation and your role to see where you fit in. The first few weeks may be a bit tough while you get on your feet but it will get easier. Don’t stress about it, you’ll be amazing 😊