Backpack to Briefcase

Your first day at a new job can really be enjoyable if you plan what you can and show your desire to learn. No one will expect you to be brilliant right from the start, so don’t stress about impressing everyone. Keep a positive attitude and an open mind. Your life has changed and it will take getting used to. Be confident and remember that everyone felt nervous their first day on the job.

Here are some helpful tips that may make your transition a little easier.

  • What are you going to wear?
    • Plan on what you are going to wear ahead of time. Choose something that is smart, sophisticated, conservative and comfortable. Wear something that makes you feel great.
    • In the first few weeks, dress according to the company dress code. However, do observe what your fellow employees are wearing.
  • Always be on time!
    • By arriving to work on time shows your commitment to your job and your dependability.
  • Smile 🙂 🙂 🙂
    • Smiling makes you feel better and it can be contagious.
    • Everyone likes a cheerful person.
    • Smile your day away. 🙂 🙂 🙂
  • First Impressions.
    • Be polite and friendly to everyone.
    • Be confident when introducing yourself.
    • Remember to make eye contact with whomever you meet.
    • Being positive is one of the best ways to make a lasting impression.
  • Observe everything around you.
    • Take time to study every aspect of your company.
    • Pay attention when being introduced to your co-workers. It is not uncommon to remember everyone’s name. Using the employee directory can be a very useful tool to assist.
    • Treat everyone equally.
    • Have lunch with different people. Instead of waiting for them to invite you, invite your co-workers to lunch. Let them do the talking. You do the listening.
  • Take notes and be organized.
    • Every detail counts. You will thank yourself later when you refer to your helpful notes.
    • Develop a system to help keep track of meetings, projects, and deadlines. Missing important deadlines or failing to show up to a critical meeting will label you unreliable and inefficient.
  • Ask questions.
    • You’re new and it’s better to do something right the first time around than to have to do it over. We all make mistakes, but learning from those mistakes will help make you a better employee in the future.
    • Listen carefully and ask for clarification if you do not understand.
    • Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness

Continue your education. Make learning a lifelong vocation. What you learn will affect what you earn. Overall, expect great things from yourself. But most of all be proud of yourself!

– Brian Carlson, IS Manager, Federated Insurance

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