Are you about to start a brand new job? Nervous about how to cope during your first few weeks? Here are a few ways to help you breeze through your new technical job, and ensure that you make the best first impression with your new employer.
Nothing creates a worse first impression than arriving late on your first day. Make sure you arrive 10-15 minutes early so that you have enough time to store your belongings, check in with the relevant people and find your way around the workplace.
Look the part
Wear something that will make you feel professional and confident, and be presentable – that means no slouching! It would be worth discussing with your new employer before your start date what an acceptable dress code at the company is. That way, you know what to expect and eliminate the risk of getting it wrong.
On your first few days at work you will be given lots of new information about the company, your role and what is expected of you. A good way to help you remember it all is to take notes as you go along, if you can. This will also reassure your manager than no unnecessary questions will be asked later along the line!
Do your homework
Prior to your first day at work, it would be beneficial to do your homework about your company. You should already know lots about them following your interview, but it may be worth digging a little deeper into things you haven’t previously researched – such as their history, their values and their successes.
By listening carefully you will put yourself in the best possible position to gain as much knowledge about the company and its employees as possible, making the onboarding process much smoother.
Avoid boasting about your achievements
Let your work speak for itself. By boasting about past achievements, you risk implying that you think you are above your new colleagues and leaving a negative first impression.
Introducing yourself on the first day and making an effort to get to know those you are going to be working with on a daily basis will allow you to get to know everybody quickly and feel more comfortable.
Always ask for clarification if you don’t understand something. This will also show that you are willing to learn and proactive in your own development.
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