You rocked the résumé, nailed the interview, and landed the job. Congratulations! Now it's time to get to work. Your first day on the job can feel both exciting and nerve-wracking, so here's how to handle the first-day jitters like a pro and leave a lasting impression on your new coworkers.
- Show up on time: Today is not the day to try a new coffee shop or take a shortcut to work. Being on time is always important, but today especially. Before your first day, ask your manager what time you should arrive, and show up at precisely that time — not too early and certainly not late. Also, try mapping out or even traveling your route beforehand, that way you will know exactly where to go and how long it will take.
- Play the name game: On your first day, you will be introduced to several new faces, which can often seem overwhelming. To ensure you don't forget the names of important people, ask for a seating chart, and use these tactics to remember names.
- Overdress: No, you don't have to show up in a ball gown, but do look the part. Even if you are unsure of the office dress code and environment (casual or corporate), it's hard to go wrong with chic and simple business attire, like a fitted blazer. Don't be afraid to add a touch of personal style, as well.
- Bring a notebook: Just like your high-school days, bring a notebook and don't let it leave your side! You will be introduced to so much new information, tricks, and tips that will be important to remember beyond your first day. Plus, jotting down notes will help you to better remember these tips in the long run.
- Ask questions: Don't be afraid to ask more about a topic or to address any concerns you may have, even if the answer is simple. Your coworkers will be more than understanding and willing to help! Plus, asking smart questions shows you are interested and engaged.
- Observe, observe, observe: Soak it all in! Watching is the best way to learn and get a feel for your new job and office environment.
Your first day is exciting, but remember to be yourself and enjoy the moment. Soon enough, that first day will feel like ages ago.