Take a deep breath. First Day Jitters are completely normal, especially when you are excited about your new job! Although you have your foot in the door now, there are still some important things to keep in mind as you begin your new job and acquaint yourself with co-workers, supervisors and your office environment.
The First Day on the Job
Show both your supervisor and co-workers that you are polished, professional and take your new position seriously.
Before going to work your first day, learn as much as you can about your new company. Visit the Web site and review annual reports or brochures (if available).
Remember to ask your employer about office dress code. Some offices are causal.
Remember the time you took to prepare your professional appearance for your interview? Do the same thing again. Make sure that your clothing is clean and pressed.
Be punctual and arrive early (but not more than 15 minutes early). As with your interview, leave yourself plenty of time to account for traffic or unexpected circumstances.
During your orientation, take notes and do not be afraid to ask questions. Show how interested and motivated you are to do a good job. You are not the first employee who has gone through training! If you do not have a written job description, make your own. Write down your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly responsibilities.
Do not share key cards, office keys, disks and passwords.
Write down and commit to memory the mailing address, phone and fax numbers of your new company.
When you record your personal phone message, be upbeat and clear. Remember to say your name and your company’s name.
The First Week on the Job
Get to know your co-workers but avoid office politics. Be inquisitive, listen and be open-minded.
Do not complain or gossip about your old company or boss. A negative attitude is seen as very unprofessional.
Pay attention to the office schedule and expectations of what hours to keep. Leaving work earlier than other people, especially when there is a big deadline or project, could give the impression that you are not willing to make an effort. Whereas, staying late every night may not be best either; it could become something that’s expected.
Make sure you are familiar with all the office equipment and how to use it.
Educate your children on phone etiquette and appropriate times to call, especially if you work in a cubicle or share a phone line with other people.
Always turn off your cell phone when you are in a meeting. If you forget, quickly apologize and silence the phone.
If you want to keep building on your professional skills, we encourage you to join our monthly Professional Women’s Group Program. Contact us for more information.