The first day of a new job presents a helpful opportunity for both you and your company to get to know each other. Since first days compose one of the first impressions a company has of you, it’s important to come across as confident, engaged, and prepared. Here are three things to never say on your first day on the job, along with tips of what to do instead. As you read these tips, you’ll feel more prepared as you prepare to start a new vocation.
“No thanks, I’ve got it.” As tempting as it can be to seem self-sufficient, McKay from The Balance Careers stresses the importance of accepting help from coworkers. By letting coworkers help you when you need it, you’ll be learning while simultaneously building healthy work relationships. While you don’t need to accept help if you don’t truly need help, be honest and let people know if you are unsure about something. Nobody expects you to know all the ropes on your first day, and by receiving help from people you’ll be learning about the workplace culture in addition to the workplace rules. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, and confidently accept it when it’s offered. Remember that this works the other way, too– offer help to others when you know how to solve a problem. By receiving and extending help, you will help to cultivate a collaborative and team-based work culture.
“…..” [silence]. While your desk might feel like a safe space in a world of unknowns, Pennington from The Job Network explains the importance of making a good first impression by stepping outside of your comfy cubicle and introducing yourself to others. Nobody likes working with strangers, so create positive relationships from the beginning by giving a smile, a handshake, and a greeting. In fact, Cain from The Business Insider encourages new hires to accept lunch offers from their new employers and coworkers. Don’t be shy, but go out and get to know the people you’re working with. By allowing others to get to know you, you’ll begin to put yourself and your coworkers at ease.
“I’m sorry I’m late; there was traffic.” Multiple writers, including Omoth from Top Resume, highlight the importance of being prepared for your work commute. As Omoth explains, “Showing up a little early is OK, but being late on day one starts things off on the wrong foot in a big way.” Test drive your route beforehand, figure out how long it takes to get to work, and then plan to leave early so that you have plenty of time in case of unanticipated traffic. By showing your boss and coworkers that you care enough to be early, you’ll come across as prepared and ready to work before you even say a word!
By accepting help from others, cultivating relationships from the beginning, and being timely, you will set yourself up for success at your first day of work. While there are always uncomfortable moments and kinks to work out in new jobs, implementing these simple ideas will help you to walk into work prepared and ready to enjoy a new job. Give yourself grace, and enjoy this new adventure.