The First Day

Richard Rules Article 5- The First Day

Welcome again to Richard Rules as we continue our journey from being unemployed to getting that job, either as a permanent or casual placement.

Whether your starting your first job or you’re an experienced casual worker, there is no better time to make a good first impression than your first day at work. It’s essential to do your best to impress your boss and teammates right from the start.

First impressions count, your supervisor and work associates will judge you from the very first day. It is much easier to start off on the right foot than it is to change their perceptions later.

Here are some tips for you to consider:-

  1. Conduct your due diligence on the company before you start, review the company’s website and check out any news flashes or bulletins issued.
  2. Before going to sleep the night before, gather any supplies, tools or equipment that you will need for your first day. Get it ready the night before, don’t leave it till the morning.
  3. Allow yourself plenty of time for getting ready and allow travel time. You should plan to arrive 15 minutes before your start time, this will afford you some extra time to adjust before your work day commences.   It will give you an insight, how early do people show up? what are they wearing?  atmosphere relaxed? …etc. Plan your route and even try to complete a test run before your actual start date.
  4. Dress appropriately and if required wear the correct personnel protective equipment (PPE) ready to start.
  5. Practice introducing yourself before you start.
  6. Ask questions. People expect you to have questions don’t be afraid to ask.
  7. Communicate clearly and concisely.
  8. Take notes and review daily until you understand the workings of your new company.
  9. Show enthusiasm and passion but do not over do it

The first day is the hardest for many people, but you can rest assured that each day after will likely get easier.

I would interested in getting some of your experiences or tips for that critical first day