First Day at Work; Tips & Tricks!

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I know starting a new job or going into your office for the first time after lockdown can be nerve-racking, so I’ve put together some tips to help you get through the day and make a good first impression! 

Dress Appropriately 

Before going into your new job, it’s always a good idea to research the company! What are their goals and morals, are they casual or formal? If you don’t know what dress code for certain, you can always ask your employer or go for formal casual!  

If you don’t meet the dress code on your first day, that’s fine since it’s your first day! But you don’t want to turn up in a tracksuit to an office job for example. A good first impression is vital! 

Ask Questions 

New hires will have lots to learn! Whether it’s your first job in the industry or you have experience and are simply moving employers, there’s always something to learn, so don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions.  

Asking those questions now can prevent minor mistakes from happening in the future! 

Be Friendly 

Though this is kind of an obvious one, being friendly can make an amazing first impression! When meeting someone for the first time, smile, and introduce yourself! Taking that first step and introducing yourself to your co-workers can make them feel like you are a part of the team. Don’t be nervous asking your co-workers questions too, they are most likely more than happy to help! 

Body Language 

Try to avoid signs of nervousness! Foot tapping, fiddling with rings, avoiding eye contact, rolling your shoulders inwards. To look confident and engaged, sit/stans up straight, nod to show you are listening and engaged in the conversation.  

Body language is important as we communicate more through our body and actions than we do our words. 

Eye contact conveys interest, respect and honesty. Good posture conveys confidence! 

Relax! 

Most of all, make sure to relax! Employers know you will make some minor mistakes on your first couple of days, so don’t worry too much about it! Relaxing can improve your productivity, health and the overall quality of your work. Relaxing can help you create better and more natural friendships with your co-workers!

Keep calm and remember, one bad thing doesn’t mean the whole day is going to be bad! 

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