Your First Day
Whether you are fresh out of college or a middle manager moving on to the next opportunity, we all have a FIRST DAY at work. And if there was ever a time where a first impression is lasting, it’s then. So here are a few tips for managing that first day.
- Turn off your cell phone. I mean turn it off. That silent vibration can be equally obnoxious, annoying and distracting. And where else do you need to be than at work talking to your new boss and colleagues. Everything else can wait.
- Dress to impress. Even if they tell you its casual, wear your nicest casual gear. Comb your hair. Practice good hygiene. Get a manicure, hair cut and shine your shoes. Oh and easy on the perfume, cologne or scented lotions. You have no idea who is allergic, sensitive or easily offended by scents.
- Show up early, even if it’s 15 minutes. If you’re there early there’s no anxiety or apologizing for your tardiness. This way, you can relax and smile.
2.Ask lots of questions. This is not the time to be shy and un-intrusive. If anything, it’s a honeymoon period where you can make some mistakes and take some social risks. This never means being impolite or inappropriate. It just means putting yourself out there a bit more aggressively. Shake lots of hands and don’t always wait to be introduced. Introduce yourself!
3.Which brings me to my next tip. Have that elevator pitch ready. Tweak it a bit since now you have the job. Instead of talking about what you are capable of, revise the pitch to share your goals with those you are meeting. For example, “I am so happy to be here and I look forward to working on the NYC project. I have been following the great work you are all doing and I look forward to contributing to the success you already have. Nice to meet you.” And go from there. You may either have to move on if you are being taken around or folks will ask you follow up questions. Be ready!
Finally, be yourself and don’t try too hard. You got the job. So obviously they want what you have to offer. Now all you have to do is deliver. Both you and I know you can. Leave the self-doubt at home. You got this.
AGAIN, You got this!