4 Steps for First Day on the Job Success

May 9th, 2014

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the nerve-wracking interview process and you’ve secured a position with a great company. Your next challenge is getting through the first day. This experience can be traumatic, but just remember that everyone’s had a first day at least once. Small mistakes won’t impact your long-term career. However, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind to alleviate any unnecessary tension.

  1. Plan your commute. Hopefully you already know your way to the location of the job because of the interviews. Keep in mind that the commute may be significantly different during morning rush hour. Determine how long you need to give yourself to get ready in the morning and make the commute so you’re not late on your first day. Pay special attention to traffic patterns and construction.
  2. Dress for success. In generations past the recommendation might have been to wear a power suit or a shirt and tie. In today’s workplace dress codes can be all over the map. Consider what everyone was wearing while you were visiting during the interview and put together an outfit that is appropriate for the specific environment. If the office is casual don’t allow that to translate into sloppy. Always look put-together even if you’re in jeans and a t-shirt.
  3. Bring a notebook. Training can be difficult and there will be a lot of information thrown at you on the first day. You won’t be expected to remember everything, but a manager also doesn’t want to answer the same questions over and over again. Take notes as you learn so you can refer to them when you have questions. Write notes in the style that works best for your learning style.
  4. Meet everyone you can. On your first day it may seem more comfortable to keep to yourself but that isn’t how you will make an impression. Be sociable and friendly but not distracting. Introduce yourself to everyone you’ll be working with and to any management you might come across. You never know who will be able to help you along as your work with this company.

Are you ready to face the first day on a new job? Contact Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pasadena TX and throughout the Austin area.

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