4 things to do on your first day
Posted at 01/03/2022
Starting a new professional project in a new company brings many expectations, but also several fears and some anxiety. But the first day can be decisive for your professional success. We leave you some advice to help you shine on your first day.
Set goals for yourself and for your team
It is important to evaluate your work and plan a bit ahead in the future. Talk to your team, your managers and set goals that are realistic. Set some KPI's as well. Once you have set some objectives, set priorities according to the company's strategy.
Before starting tasks, try to obtain as much information as possible from partners in the company or in your area of activity. Take notes and don't forget anything!
Start right away to establish and strengthen your network of contacts, networking is fundamental. Focus on making connections, making a good first impression and showing interest in what your new partners think and need. Express a real desire to learn from others.
You're a new member of the team, so don't hesitate to ask questions on any work- related subject. Examples: how does the team deal with X; what are the KPI's for X; how do you process X in the company; methodologies and procedures, etc.
Remember that asking questions is a sign of interest and dynamism on your part. Rather ask questions than make avoidable mistakes. The sooner you ask, the better. And memorize and write down as much information as possible. However, always keep in mind that the best thing anyone can do in the early days of a new job is "listen, listen and listen".
Whether it is before you start your new job or during your assignment: rest is important. It is good to be motivated and to work hard for a company, but don't forget that you have to keep this motivation for the long term. Prioritise your health and do not hesitate to switch off as soon as you leave work. On your first day it is imperative that you arrive on time and have had a good night's sleep.
Take time to discover the company's resources
The style, environment and work habits can be different from company to company, so take time to ask questions about what software they use, how they use it, etc. Don't hesitate to ask for quick training on the device if needed. This works for hierarchy, meeting style, etc.
Don't forget for the first day:
- The day before choose what you will wear. You should dress in accordance with the culture of the company and in a way that is appropriate to your function.
- Be punctual.
- Nobody expects you to be brilliant from the start, so don't worry about impressing everyone.
- The process of moving and leaving your comfort zone is always scary, but the benefits outweigh this natural anxiety.
- Start at the new workplace with an open mind.
- The dynamics will be different from your previous job. You may find the pace totally opposite from your previous job. But be patient and calmly adapt to the new environment.
- Remember that your new employer has chosen you among many candidates, so trust your abilities.
- Finally, don't forget to be happy and enjoy the moment!
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