Congratulations. You’ve made it through the grueling interview process and landed a great new job. You’re over one hurdle, but what’s that off in the distance? Another one: your first day. Beginning a new gig can be extremely stressful, as you no doubt want to start things off on the right foot. Luckily, award-winning author and former staffing professional Belo Cipriani can help. In a great SFTGate post titled “8 Tips for Acing Your First Day at a New Job,” Cipriani dishes out some fantastic advice for beginning the next chapter in your career. Read on and get ready to wow your new bosses.
1. Get There Early and Stay Late — On your first day, it’s definitely not cool to show up late, and as Cipriani says, sticking around late isn’t a bad idea either. He advocates getting there 15 minutes prior to the accepted start time and leaving 15 minutes after everyone else. You can use that extra time to set up your desk and get settled.
2. Introduce Yourself — Don’t wait for other people to introduce you, Cipriani says. Be social and reach out to people in your department and beyond.
3. Power Down Your Phone — These days, many companies allow their employees to use smartphones, but what if your boss gives you an assignment on the first day, and the phone rings right as he or she is explaining the task? It’ll look really bad, which is why Cipriani advocates turning your devices off.
4. Knock Out One Task — You don’t have to do anything major, Cipriani says, but if you can finish your first day having completed one task — setting up a meeting, sending a memo, pitching in to help a busy coworker — you can go home with your head held high.
5. Jot Down Notes — On your first day, you’ll meet lots of people and learn a great deal about how things work. It’s extremely helpful, Cirpiani writes, to carry around a notebook and write down people’s names and functions. This information can only help you going forward.
6. Shadow a Coworker — By volunteering to shadow a coworker, you’ll accomplish two things. First, you’ll get some great on-the-job experience, and second, you’ll assure the boss you’re busy on your first day. Managers have their own business to worry about, and if they don’t have to spend eight hours coming up with tasks for you, they’ll undoubtedly be grateful.
7. Establish Communication Protocols — Much of your first day will be spent meeting people you’ll be communicating with on a regular basis. Find out if people prefer email to phone calls or in-person meetings, and make a note of this info. Good thing you’ve got that notebook in hand.
8. Drop a Few Thank-You Emails — Before you head home, send a few thank-you emails to folks who helped you out. Whether it’s a quick note to the guy who set up your email or the woman in your row who recommended the sandwich shop around the corner, showing some gratitude “will make you stand out in a positive way,” Cipriani writes.