14 Things You Must Do on the First Day of a New Job
The first day of a new job can be just as nerve-wracking as it is exciting. Do these things and, not only will it be a success, you’ll set yourself up as a rising star.
Focus on coworkers, not processes
No matter what size the company is, you’re going to meet many people on your first day. “Focus on them today and worry about the details of your job tomorrow. Be pleasant and ask them what they do. Concentrate on making personal connections,” says Fogleman.
Don’t be too judge-y
“While first impressions are important and can last a long time, don’t judge people, processes, or things too harshly on the first day. That cubicle mate that barely said hello to you might be kind of a jerk … or he may be on a tight deadline and didn’t have a moment to chat. Keep an open mind and remain positive,” says Fogleman. While you’re at it, try these proven tricks to make a good first impression.
If someone invites you to lunch … GO!
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The first day isn’t the time to brown bag it, so if a colleague asks you to go to lunch, accept, says Fogleman. “It’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about the corporate culture and some of the unwritten rules of working there. Be careful not to be swayed by gossip and don’t partake in it yourself.”
Try to make one great connection with a colleague
It’s always good to make connections with people that first day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. “Finding someone to connect with will accelerate your acclimation into your new job and will help you learn the lay of the land quicker,” says Fogleman. Try these strategies to build trust with a co-worker.