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Many of us will remember our first day on any job. It can be both exciting and daunting because you may not know anyone; how things work around the office or how to start off your day?

Here are 10 tips:

1. Be early

It is your first day, so it is vital you make a great first impression. Arrive 15 minutes early as this will give you time to adjust to the office before getting started. Plan your journey before and take into consideration rush hour, strikes or delays.

2. Prepare an elevator pitch

Before your first day have ideas of how you can introduce yourself to other people. It does not need to be rehearsed. It will provide the perfect opportunity to talk to your fellow colleagues about who you are and what you hope to achieve from the role.

Listen and observe

See how your colleagues work to get a sense of the working culture.

4. Smile and relax

It may be nerve racking, but being relaxed will increase your chance of being productive. People won’t expect you to know everything, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You can only do your best! Also a smile goes a long way.

5. Talk to as many people as possible

Do not shy away from people but engage with them in conversation. Asking questions is a good way to get to know your colleagues. It can be a practical question like how the printer works or an industry question which will really grab people’s attention.

6. Learn professional rules

Make sure you know what is expected of you from your role. This would usually have been listed in the job specification or induction before you start.

7. Be yourself

You got the job because of yourself, so do not lose that. Being an individual is what is going to make you interesting to your co-workers both within a professional and social setting.

8. Show an interest in everyone

Make an effort to find out about the different people in the organisation and their roles. There may come a time when you need their help on something.

9. Put your phone on silent

Your phone can be a distraction on your first day. So, unless you are expecting an important call keep on silent. At the same time tell your employer if you are waiting on a call.

10. Have a positive attitude

Be confident in your abilities to do your very best in the position. This will motivate you to make the most out of your job.



Elizabeth is a Brands and Communications specialist with a passion to support females in reaching their full potential.

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