How to Rock Your First Day at a New Job in 6 Easy Steps

By Chelsea Babin

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the sometimes lengthy, sometimes arduous process of finding a new job and your first day is coming up soon. Of course you want to rock your first day and make the best impression possible! Here’s how to do that in just 6 easy steps.

1. Come in With an Open Mind: Walking into work on your first day with an open mind is key if you want to be successful at your new job. You may have some idea of what your boss and colleagues are like thanks to the interview process but it’s important to keep an open mind and let people show you who they are and what they’re like at work.

2. Get Acquainted: To know where the coffee is, where the bathrooms are, where your collaborators sit, where everyone as lunch, and more you’ll need to take time to get acquainted on the first day—with your coworkers and your surroundings. Make sure to introduce yourself to everyone, especially the people you’ll be working with on a regular basis, and get the lay of the land in your new office. This will help you acclimate more quickly and feel at home in your new company faster.

3. Get Organized: If you have any down time on your first day it may be a great time to get organized! Make sure you have all of the supplies you need and set up a desk system that suits you so that, when the work starts to pile up, you can stay organized easily.

4. Ask Questions and Take Notes: If there’s any day to ask as many questions as possible, it’s your first day! And, to make sure you remember all of that information, it’s important to take notes. You’ll feel out of your element for the first day so it may be difficult to recall every process, system, and task required of you. Make sure you take detailed notes so you only have to ask each question once. But, don’t worry, if you forget to write something down you can ask again! Everyone understands how challenging it is to get adjusted and how much information is thrown at you on your first day.

5. Set Boundaries Early: If you don’t mind the obnoxious nickname your new coworker gave you or staying late every day that’s fine! However, the things you accept in your first week will make it difficult for you to move those boundaries later. Set the precedent for what your work-life balance will look like and what kind of coworker interactions make you comfortable on your first day and you’ll never struggle to redefine those later on.

6. Relax and Process: At the end of your first day you may feel incredibly overwhelmed. The best way to spend your free time after the end of your first day of work is to relax so you can process everything you’ve learned for the day. It’s best not to make a lot of plans after work for your first week because your brain will be in overdrive all day and you’ll need all of the rest and relaxation you can get at the end of the day so you’ll be fresh and ready to go when you have to return to your new job. Save the celebrations for the weekend!

Your first day at a new job should be exciting, not intimidating or overwhelming. If you follow these 6 easy steps you’ll be well on your way to getting acquainted, adjusted, and setting up a path for success at your exciting new job.