So your CV cinched an interview, the interview impressed your potential employers and you got an offer from your dream job. Now all you have to do is get through your first day and make sure that all important first impression is a good one. You might be feeling nervous, but don’t worry, we have four simple tips that you can use to make sure your first day goes smoothly and is memorable for all the right reasons.
Looks aren’t everything but it is proven that when you look good, you feel good. Feeling good will make you more confident and let’s face it, everyone gets those first day nerves so you’re going to need the added confidence boost. Make sure you know the office dress code and plan your outfit in advance. You could even get it out and ready the night before to make sure you don’t have a panic finding it in the morning.
Just like you had to prepare for an interview, you need to be sure you have everything you might need for your first day. Make sure you have a good knowledge of your new role and company (If you’re not sure how to research a company, check out our blog which will help guide you in the right direction). It is also worth bringing a pen. Though they will have plenty, it’s good to have it if you’re asked to sign or write something. There’s no harm in being prepared. Don’t forget that you can always speak to the person who hired you if you’re not sure what to bring.
Have everything you need for your first day ready the night before. You need to make sure you get a good night’s sleep and you don’t want to wake up and rush around. Make sure you know your journey to work and do a practise run if you’re not confident on the route. It’s worth leaving a little earlier to give you time for train cancellations and other typical work journey troubles!
Start as you mean to go on! You don’t have jump into doing anything too drastic but make sure you ask lots of questions and offer to help where you can. Being proactive makes a great first impression. If you have a quiet moment where you haven’t been given something, take that time to organise yourself or ask someone if you can help out in any way. This could be anything from scanning things at the printer to answering the phones for someone. Just show that you are willing to help.
If you’re looking for a new job then check out our branch locator to find your nearest Swanstaff team. Our expert recruiters will be able to help and offer advice, so all you have to worry about is those first day nerves!