Whether you're starting your first graduate job or you're an experienced professional moving up the career ladder, your first day is always going to be a nerve racking but exciting prospect. Make sure you come fully prepared to learn new processes and meet new people.
Begin your preparation the night before by getting a good night’s sleep so you are well rested and alert. You should pack your bag the night before, including any equipment you might need. Decide what you are going to wear and make sure you have a pen and paper ready to make notes and fill out tax forms. It is advisable to take your National Insurance number, your P45 and a copy of your CV.
On the morning of your first day make sure you are not rushing around. If you are well organised your first day will get off to the right start leaving you feeling relaxed and confident. Allow yourself plenty of time for the commute; there may be heavy traffic in rush hour so plan your route and an alternative route in advance. You want to make a good impression so aim to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early. This will give you time to establish where you'll be sat, meet the team and familiarise yourself with the office setting.
When in the workplace, try to build relations with colleagues by being friendly, helpful and polite and if you are unsure of anything, ask. Offer ideas and contributions and try to get tasks done as quickly and efficiently as possible to show off your capability. Research the company so you have a good understanding of what they do and the sectors they operate in. Be social and helpful and ready to tell others your background. Remember the impact you make in the first few days will have a lasting effect on the way you are perceived by your colleagues. Make a point of remembering the names of the people you will come into contact with regularly and establish where you fit within the business.
The first day at work is the hardest for many people as there's uncertainty as to what the people will be like, what the company culture is like and what the job role will entail. The first week of a new job can be a physically and emotionally exhausting so the best advice is to make sure you're fully prepared and understand the responsibilities of your job role.
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