Back to Basics: First Day on the Job

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As a new employee, you are all pumped up and ready to take on this new opportunity. It doesn’t matter if this is your first job or your 10th, it’s your first day and you should have a positive attitude and can-do spirit. There are some things to consider in order to get acclimated to the company culture, your boss, and co-workers. You only get one shot at a first impression.

The following are a few tips for the first day of work and the days that follow.

Learn the lay of the land

Introduce yourself around the office. Start remembering names and their departments. Learn who is on a management level and if you’ll encounter them in your daily routine. Be nice to everyone, ask constructive questions, listen and take notes. Observe who seems to be helpful and trustworthy, as well as how the department and company work as a whole.

No need to gossip

According to Your Career Intel, “Employees who have been at a company for a while might make mention of some internal happenings or personalities. Try to avoid getting too wrapped up in these conversations. Again, listen rather than offer commentary, and excuse yourself if you don’t feel right. Remember: You should develop your own opinions as time goes on and not be influenced by others.”

Don’t over do it

It’s your first day, take a breath and enjoy getting to know everyone and the different processes. Even if you see something that needs immediate attention, don’t rush it. Keeping a file on your computer with different thoughts or ideas to bring up later is a good move. Take your time, a good waiting period is about a month, that way you have a solid grasp on the company and you’ll be able to focus much better on what needs your attention and what can wait. What you can do is start by presenting small ideas that make some impact but aren’t moving mountains. In this case, your coworkers and boss alike will appreciate your fresh perspective and you will gain value.

You’re ready to start your first day on the new job!

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Crawford Thomas RecruitingBack to Basics: First Day on the Job