Congratulations – you’ve just been offered a job and have accepted. You’re excited to get to work and obviously want to put your best foot forward. But what should you do to ensure that you make a positive impression and have a great first day? Here are some things to do after accepting an offer and how to prepare for the first day of a new job.
Choose Attire to Wear
Dressing correctly is incredibly important when starting out at a new position. The last thing you want to do is show up underdressed and look sloppy or overdressed to the point that it’s ridiculous. Make sure you’re clear about what you’re expected to wear by either asking the interviewer or checking the employee handbook, and pick the appropriate attire.
Show Up on Time
Promptness is also vital – and there’s no quicker way to make a poor impression on your boss and work mates than by being late. That’s why it’s crucial you do everything it takes to ensure you’re on time – or more preferably, a few minutes early. This could include:
- Setting two alarms
- Scouting out your route ahead of time
- Having an alternate route in case of heavy traffic
- Leaving a few minutes early in case of setbacks
Find Your Contact for Questions
It’s always nice to have a person you can turn to whenever you inevitably have questions during your first week on a new job. This person can keep you in the loop and ease the transition process, which will make your life much easier. Go ahead and ask your interviewer or a representative from the staffing agency for a primary contact and make it a point to befriend them. This person can be a valuable asset and can also introduce you to others.
Put Forth Maximum Effort
In most cases, you’re going to be under the microscope for the first few days of a new job. As a result, it’s important that you go the extra mile. Or as Amanda Augustine of TheLadders puts it, “Whatever you sold them on in the interview, make it your mission to demonstrate that you’re going to do it.” This will let your boss know that you practice what you preach and that the company made the right decision by hiring you.
Landing a job is only half the battle. To be successful and thrive in your new position, it’s necessary that you put in adequate preparation and take measures to impress your employer.