10 tips for success on your first day of work

10 tips for success on your first day of work

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1. Prepare to learn a lot

Your first day of work may feel overwhelming, so practice releasing control and letting go of your expectations before you head into the day.  That way, you can process new information with an open mind. Try to relax by doing breathing exercises, meditation, or listening to calm music the night before your first day. This will prepare you to be energized 

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1. Prepare to learn a lot

and process new information on day one.

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2. Create a list of questions

You may not get a chance to ask all of these questions on your first day, and that's okay. By writing them down and keeping a list, you can get to them when you have dedicated one-on-one time with your manager or mentor. As you onboard, you’ll inevitably have new questions, which you can add to your ongoing list.

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3. Get plenty of sleep

To increase your sleep quality before your first day of work, try adjusting your sleep schedule one week in advance.  You can also try exercising the day before work so you’re sufficiently tired when bedtime comes. Limiting tech before you hit the sheets can also increase sleep quality.

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4. Study company tools

If you have an effective process or program from a past job role, consider introducing it to your team.  The tools you use to manage your team and the projects you work on can have a positive impact on overall performance.

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5. Practice your elevator pitch

The elevator pitch got its name because you should be able to present all of your information in the time it takes to ride an elevator with someone.  Practice your pitch at home the week before your first day of work to get it right. Consider these questions: Who am I? What experience am I bringing to the team? What do I want to help the team accomplish?

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6. Get to know your new team

Your colleagues will be your best resources for information and support during your time at your new job. These people have similar perspectives on the structure and dynamics of your workplace.  Once your title of “new hire” has faded, continue reaching out to others when you need help. You can then offer the same guidance to other newbies one day.

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7. Bring positive energy

Having positive energy doesn’t require an overly upbeat attitude if that isn’t your natural personality.  On your first day of work, simply try to relax and smile so your team knows you’re grateful for the position. Nonverbal communication can send the message that you’re unhappy, tired, or frustrated, so be aware of your body language.

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8. Show interest in your team

You may have trouble listening because you’re focused on what you plan to say next. This inevitably leads to a less genuine and engaged conversation.  Instead, avoid multitasking and practice active listening. Take time during conversations to digest the other person’s words. When you do, the interaction will be more valuable and you’ll 

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8. Show interest in your team

likely leave a stronger impression.

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9. Listen and observe

Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions during your time in training.  If you’re observing a meeting but don’t understand why your team handles things a certain way, find an appropriate time to chime in and clarify, then let them continue.

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10. Use your knowledge

Be humble when using past knowledge in a new position. If you want to bring a new perspective to your team, try to do so in an approachable way by leading weekly Lunch and Learn sessions or trainings that focus on specific topics or skills.

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