Some of the tips that we are about to discuss may sound like a no-brainer, but many people don’t do it on their first day at a new job.
Arriving five to 10 minutes early gives you time to settle in—or hit the bathroom if needed, yet it’s not so early that you come across as too eager. To make sure you can arrive early, give yourself extra time to get ready in the morning and to make the commute to your destination.
If possible, consider practicing the full commute to work during rush hour in order to get used to the route and help you prepare for the unknown.
It can be difficult to find the right balance between making an impact in your new role, and disrupting the balance that already exists at the new job you are reporting to.
You surely don’t want to walk in and ruffle any feathers, but you also don’t want to fade into the background either. The best thing to do is to balance energy and enthusiasm with humility on your first day in a new role to avoid giving off a wrong perception of arrogance.
Avoid Talking About Your Old Job
It might seem difficult not to draw comparisons between your new job and the one you just left, you however should do your utmost best to resist the urge.
The temptation to talk is usually high, especially when you think you’re adding value and showing your credentials when you talk about the work you used to do. You however risk coming across as difficult or, even worse, a know-it-all.
It can seem like you’re not a team player, or possibly that you’re still hung up on your old job. Instead of drawing comparisons, only mention similarities with your previous role in support of your new one.
Chances are stationery as be made available at the new office, you should however bring a small notebook and pen with you on your first day for jotting down notes.
Don’t be shy about recording information that you know will be useful to you later. These information may include names and passwords. You’re likely to face data-overload on your first day, so taking notes is a great way to keep on top of things.
Pay Attention To Your Body Language
You’ve probably read that body language is important for job interviews, but it can also be a valuable tool in creating a lasting impression when you start a new job. On your first day, smile often and look people in the eye while you’re having a conversation.
Do your best to avoid negative body language, such as yawning, frowning, or standing with your hands in your pockets.