For job seekers, accepting a job offer is an exhilarating occasion and it means that you are taking the next step in your career. However, it is essential to know that getting the job is only the first step. Just as you prepared for the interview, so too, you must be ready for your first day in your new career.
You have earned the right to brag about this new accomplishment; you went past the horrid interview and you are preparing for this new work environment.
Are you scared? You do not have to be since the tough bit is over, but it is only natural that you feel anxious and somewhat unprepared. As you should, new experiences await!
Here are our top seven tips to get you prepared:
Plan your attire
You got the job, and you are immediately considering what to wear. Remember this; it is best to appear too smart and overdressed than too casual and undressed. You will be meeting many new people so find a suitable outfit and dress to impress. Consider doing some advanced planning and have options just in case!
Research the company, its culture and colleagues
Your first day of work will be filled with new faces and names, and those you have already met during the interview process. Give yourself a head start by looking through the profiles of people who work at the company. View their profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, get a better understanding of the roles, and how you complement the team’s existing talent. Additionally, just as you researched the company and its culture for the interview, consider going over your notes once more.
Expectations of your boss
Your first day is closely approaching, and it would be a good idea to email your new boss or manager to ask what is expected from you during your first week on the job. The first week will lay the foundation and aid you in your career with the company, so it is crucial to start planning for any upcoming urgent matters or events.
Whether it is practicing your commute or choice of conversation, you need to prepare for your first day.
It is crucial to be at least 15-30 minutes early on your first day. This will give you time to settle in and say your first set of “hellos” before the initial day of work starts. Not only will you look prompt, but you will appear dedicated to getting the job done.
If you are not a natural chatty individual, you may also opt to prepare for small talk with your colleagues to avoid an awkward silence. Think about interesting trending topics.
Access your skills
It may be your first, fourth, or even 10th job, the interviewing team and hiring manager deemed you qualified for this position. Before commencing, consider your job duties and access your skills to help you plan for success.
Whether you are taking some time off or finishing your current job the Friday before commencing the new one with only the weekend in between, you must get some rest.
Avoid doing anything too exhausting as you do not want to be drained or worn-out on your first day. Therefore, relax and have a refreshing weekend to feel rejuvenated and in good spirits for what lies ahead.
Finally, enjoy this new experience!
Get ready to enjoy being the newbie at work. You will be allowed a little leeway during the first few weeks as you settle in. So, do not feel too bad when you make mistakes or when you are clueless. It is all expected, so just put your best foot forward.
Are you ready?
There are numerous ways to prepare for your big day, and these are just a few of our recommendations!
All the best with making a great first impression and starting your new job!!