Starting a new job? Then it’s time to put the best foot forward.
Specifically, you need to introduce yourself to your new job, make a fantastic first impression, and add something of value. It’s not big, is it?
To crush your new concert right from the start, you need to get ready for the first day. Here are 20 of our favorite tips to help you do just that.
Tips for a great first day
1. Familiarize yourself with the company’s online assets.
You’ve probably done it as part of the interview process before, but it’s worth doing it again before day one.
There is no better way to learn about a company’s marketing than to consume it. Read her blog. Subscribe to their email newsletter. Follow your social media accounts. Download and read their latest ebooks. This whole collection of information will give you context.
In addition, when you are in the initial meetings of the marketing team, you will be able to contribute new ideas, as you have the advantage of a new look.
2. Test your daily commute.
Before the first day, test your commute to work, ideally at the same time you leave. Practicing your route will make you feel comfortable and will help you reduce your chances of getting lost or unaware of roadblocks.
Be sure to add extra time in case of rush hour traffic! Your future will thank you later.
3. Plan your closet.
You will be safer if you wear something that you are comfortable with. Take a moment the night before your big day to think about what to wear in the morning.
Check the company’s dress code policy. Do you need to iron a dress to wear it or is your business more casual? Give yourself the gift of confidence and plan your wardrobe.
4. Research your news on social media.
To help you get acquainted with your new boss, take a look at his Twitter account, his LinkedIn profile, and any posts they post (whether it’s on your company blog, personal website, or external site such as Medium).
If you’re like me, taking physical notes can help you remember things better; so write a few quick notes on what content they’ve been sharing online and some of their interests or hobbies. This will give you fuel for future talks on the first day.
5. Read the first 100 days.
First impressions are hard to change, so it’s a good idea to make some positive contributions quickly. This could mean differentiating yourself from your peers with a new idea, asking thoughtful questions, providing feedback, leading a new project to success, or simply showing your team that you are a curious student for life.
See our new guide, The first 100 days. It will show you how to get the most out of your first 100 days at work, including tips from employees, executives, and successful companies like Eventbrite and Twitter EMEA and APAC.
6. Pack your favorite desk accessories in your bag the night before.
Are you eager to take notes with pencil and paper? Would you like to have a bottle of water or a cup of coffee on your desk? Would you rather always have breath minds on hand?
Think about the little items you like to have at work and make sure they are in your bag the night before the first day. These things will make you feel more at home in your new job.
7. Pay attention to your body language.
Body language can have a big impact on how others perceive us i how we perceive ourselves. According to research by social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, “power poses” can make you feel more secure and look like others. So before you walk in the door, remember to pull your shoulders back, tilt your chin up, and stand up.
8. Prepare your “introductory speech.”
Your new manager or boss is likely to introduce you to the team, either in person or remotely. While this is usually informal, you should have an idea of what it means.
In a few sentences, say a little about yourself and why you’re excited to join the team. If you are part of a remote team, make an extra effort to send a message to your co-workers to greet them and let them know that you have joined the team.
9. Increase your talk.
Learning more about your coworkers can help you integrate into the team. In addition, it makes work more enjoyable when you create a sense of community and camaraderie with others.
Plan some conversation topics in advance and ask a lot of questions, such as, “How long have you been in business?” or “What’s your favorite place to eat out there?” Being open and genuine can go a long way with new members of your team.
10. Please refer to the company’s BYOC policy.
Some employers have a Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. This may include laptops, smartphones, or tablets. In many remote startup companies, you may be using your own laptop or one is provided. Check with your supervisor or consult the HR manual if you have one.
11. Take a mental note of potential mentors.
As you spend the first few days, make a mental note of people who could serve as mentors, ideally someone in your department. In addition to being a great resource, mentors can guide you in your professional development and long-term goals.
Once you’ve spotted potential candidates, start the conversation by introducing yourself in person (or, if you’re remote, email or set up a video chat.
12. Bring your HR / payroll documents.
You will normally need to complete the HR / payroll documentation during the incorporation process. If you are asked to fill in something before your start date, be sure to fill it out and take it with you on the first day. This rolls the ball and he presents himself as an organized employee.
13. Plan your goals for the next 30 days.
Your short-term goals are just as important as your long-term goals. During the first 30 days, you are likely to spend most of your time attending training sessions, learning the ropes, and meeting with team members. Indicate what goals you hope to achieve during this time. Make sure they are realistic and specific using the SMART method.
14. Create healthy habits.
What habits can help you with your new schedule? Maybe it’s going for a walk in the morning to be more focused or preparing your lunch for the weekend. Or, it could be writing a to-do list when you get to work.
Creating healthy habits and routines is especially crucial for remote workers who may have difficulty separating work from personal life.
15. Take advantage of LinkedIn.
Hopefully, by the end of the first week or two, you’re adapting well to your job (and you’ll love it). Consider sharing the news by updating your LinkedIn profile to let it be known on your network. This also lets potential recruiters know that you are not open to new jobs.
While you’re at it, add your team members and “follow” your company’s LinkedIn page.
16. Embrace the learning curve.
It is normal to face a steep learning curve when starting a new job. Between orientation, training, and meetings, you may find yourself overwhelmed and stressed.
Be proactive and get in touch with your manager or co-workers with questions to get clarity and get back on track. Don’t be afraid to admit you’re confused or overwhelmed; in fact, it shows that you care about doing a great job. And, it can be a great way to connect with another person on a human level.
17. Set healthy early limits.
Attention all remote workers – this point is especially important to you!
During the first few months of work, you may find yourself working early and leaving late, or even working on weekends. Understandably, you want to do a good job. But stretching thin is harmful in the long run. That is why it is essential to set healthy limits for work.
For example, you can turn off Slack notifications at lunch or designate a room in your home as an “office” to create a physical boundary between work and life. In any case, it is important to set healthy limits early and check them often.
18. Observe the company culture.
Many companies are looking for candidates that fit their business culture. Now that you are at the door, you can witness it first hand. How do you play day to day? And what positive attitudes can you adopt?
Remember that as you access your new role, you can also shape and contribute to the culture in a meaningful way.
19. Keep your manager informed.
You are more likely to work closely with your manager for the first few weeks. During this time, keep your lines of communication strong.
Let them know what you’re working on, if any interruptions might interfere with your incorporation (such as a scheduled Internet interruption) or if you have any questions. By keeping your manager informed, you can build trust and save yourself (and your manager) a lot of confusion.
20. Don’t think about it too much.
You were hired for a reason. So don’t get so caught up in preparing for your first day that you get too nervous when you show up. The night before the first day, take the time you need to relax so you can sleep well. Your new co-workers are happy to have you on board; you just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people.
Back to you
Congratulations on your new job! While exciting, the hard work is not over yet; you still have to get over your first day. Use the tips in this article to lead with confidence and give a positive first impression.