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How to have a great first day at the new job

March 7 2015 - Finding a job can be tough. It takes forever to search for the right position, apply, interview and finally get an offer. Perhaps thatís why the first day at your new job can be exciting or even nerve-wracking.

If you are nervous about presenting yourself to the new office, you are not alone. Here is a quick fact for you: for millennial workers, an average job only lasts less than 3 years. That means changing a job is becoming more common for employees nowadays. And more 'first days' at the new job for everyone.

The first day at a new job can be quite important, especially if you want to turn that job into your lifelong career. Whether fun or awkward, the first day is your only chance to create a good first impression on your new boss and coworkers. It can determine how you will be seen in this new professional setting, and how well you can advance with the company. So how do we make sure the first day at the new job goes by smoothly? Here are a few tips to have a great first day at the new job:

  1. Plan your outfit appropriately
    The first thing people will notice about you is how you dress yourself. If there is a dress code, be sure to follow it on the first day. Otherwise, business casual is the way to go. Once you get there, you will soon notice the way your coworkers dress to learn what is considered appropriate at the office. Itís also best to clean and iron your outfit the day before.
  2. Show up when you are expected
    Nothing ruins your first day quicker than being late and rushing to the office because you are not familiar with the new route. It is a new office, so you may not know of unexpected things like heavy traffic or unavailable parking. Therefore, allow extra time to get there and plan your route in advance.
  3. Be nice to everyone you meet
    It may seem like common sense but it is still an important tip. Not just to your boss, but try to be on your best behavior with everyone else. Since you are new at the job, any new friend is a plus. Sometimes you just donít know if a person holds an important position, or if you would need help from someone just a week later.
  4. Ask (smart) questions
    Even if you graduated from an Ivy League school, you will still not know everything at the new job, and nobody expects you to. So be prepared to ask questions at an appropriate time to avoid silly mistakes. Most people will also be willing to help out the rookie, plus it shows them that you value their experience and opinion.
  5. Relax and enjoy the experience
    If you follow these tips and apply common sense, there is little to be worried about! So here is the last tip: take a deep breath and calm your nerves. Remember, you have been through the long recruiting process. This means the company spent a lot of time and effort to make sure you are the right fit. Your job now is just to confirm their evaluation and enjoy the new environment!
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