Rock your first day

Rock that first day at work

Starting a new job is always a bit stressful and enough to give even the most experienced workers the jitters.

I mean, who wouldn’t be nervous?

Of course you’ll want to make a good first impression, get to know your new work colleagues and settle into your role without making any major blunders that will stick in the minds of your new employers.

But sometimes nerves can get the better of us all, so here’s your to do list to set you up to rock your first day at work:

Get there at least ten minutes early

As most people arrive at work early to get set up for the day and so should you. On your first day you’re bound to have some HR paperwork or inductions to attend so make sure you arrive in plenty of time.

Make the most of your introductions

When you are being introduced to your new work colleagues make eye contact, smile and try your best to remember names and positions. I find having a small notebook in your bag and pocket that you can make lists that you can refer to later really useful, especially if you’ll be meeting large numbers of new people.

Don’t try too hard

There’s nothing wrong with trying to be friendly, but its really obvious when someone is trying too hard and can make others uncomfortable. Trying too hard to impress your new manager isn’t a bad thing, but don’t badmouth your predecessor or colleagues as that’s a one way ticket to unpopularity central!

Be confident, but not too confident

There’s nothing wrong with having an air of confidence when you enter a new position, but try not to go all out as you might come across as cocky or arrogant. First impressions of someone last so don’t ramp up the confidence too much.

Ask questions

People love being asked questions about themselves and what they do, so take every opportunity to find out more about your new workmates. Just make sure what you ask them isn’t too personal so it’s probably best to stick to work related questions.

Also ask relevant questions about the company and your role, this shows you’re interested in more than just your monthly pay packet.

Take advice and help from others

You might be highly experienced in your line of work, but no one likes a know-it-all! Acting like you know everything already only serves to alienate the people who are trying to help you settle in and the truth of the matter is that however much you think you know, there’s always plenty left to learn.

Be social – but not annoying

It’s great that you want to get to know your colleagues better, but avoid small talk when everyone is trying to work. Save the chit-chat for coffee breaks and the canteen during lunch times. Also respect the personal space of others, so no leaning over workspaces or getting to close.

– Emma

I hope you enjoyed my post, for more tools, tips and advice for candidates just give me a call on 01782 338787

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Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.


Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.