First Day at Work: Making a Good Impression

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Photo by wagg66

You have just closed another chapter of your life, and now you need to open another.

It’s time to enter the workforce.

Entering your first job after graduation is a completely new and exciting experience. With anything new in life, fear comes along with it. However, once you get over the first day jitters, you’ll be well on track with your career. The first job will teach you a lot about the real world and work environment. It may feel uncomfortable starting out, but you will learn and grow while gaining valuable experience.

On the first day, you’ll want to do everything you can to start off on the right foot.

Here’s how to get the most out of your first day on the job:

Do research the night before

It’s good to know a little about the company before your first day. You likely took a look at the website and asked questions during the interview, but now is the time to research any of the company’s products or services and try to understand as much as you can. This is also helpful because you’ll have questions ready for the next day.

Introduce yourself to everyone

This is important for a few reasons. First, you are going to be working with your co-workers every day, 5 days a week. You’re going to want to get to know them and let them get to know you. Hopefully, at some point you’ll form friendships with some of them. If you’re working for a big company, get to know everyone in your department. Remember as many names as faces and you can. Starting off by making connections will help you feel more at home and happier, but will also allows others to get a good first impression of you.

Take notes

Most likely, you’ll be talking to your boss the first day. Very often, he or she will explain and assign your first tasks. Since you are still unfamiliar with the company and services, you’ll want to write down as much as you can to get a better understanding of your position and any projects you’ll be working on. It also looks professional and shows you care about getting the work done right.

Take time to learn 

On your first day, you’ll be given more information about the company and what is expected of you. Learn as much as you can about the company and your position because it will help you understand your role and perform your job better overall.

Ask questions

This is the best day to ask any questions, even if you think they are silly ones. Since it’s your first day, everyone will understand and will want to help. It’s always okay to ask questions, but the first day is most likely when you’ll have the most and getting answers right away will calm your nerves.

Follow these guidelines and you’ll leave the office feeling confident that you know the company and made a good impression. Your employer will probably take notice of your engagement and overall, it will be a great start to a new opportunity.

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