Make the most of your first day and impress the socks off of your boss with this cheat sheet outlining what to do before, during, and after training day!
After using our tips to take advantage of the currentand , you landed the position. Congratulations! The last hurdle to clear is day one on the job, which can set the tone for your entire tenure.
BEFORE DAY 1:
Get What You Need to Succeed
Depending on what your manager or HR has on the agenda, you may need to bring some documents in order to fill out necessary paperwork or complete your employee file. Ask your contact what to come prepared with, such as specific forms of identification, to streamline the process.
Choose Your Threads
There’s nothing like a wardrobe malfunction to begin your first day on the wrong foot. Choosing your outfit ahead of time makes for one less thing to worry about in the morning, especially if you end up hitting the snooze button a few times. Plus, it gives you time to put together a wardrobe that is—and most importantly, allows you to walk in the door with your head held high.
Butter ‘Em Up
By the time your first day rolls around, you should haveto the person(s) who interviewed and hired you. It is a small gesture that can go a long way toward establishing rapport, showing appreciation, and beginning your new chapter off right. Not sure what to write or when? We’ve put together a to help you through.
DURING YOUR FIRST DAY:
Impress With Your Name Skills
Chances are good that at some point, you’ll do the rounds and meet at least a few of your new coworkers. Don’t feel pressured to remember everyone’s name right away, but do your best to make a few of them stick by employing some
- Associate a name and image, such as tall Jeff from IT with the image of a giraffe
- Pair names with fun facts about the person, like Sally who enjoys skiing
- If you have a spare minute, write down keywords associated with the people you’ve met thus far, such as topics you discussed or where each coworker sits
These simple strategies can ensure that you’re able to pair some names with faces on day two and.
Use Your Schoolyard Go-To
Do you remember those days as a kid on the schoolyard, when simply smiling made you friends instantly? That works in the adult world too. Take things back to basics on your first day and crack a smile—it can work wonders! Studies show thatand healthier.
Bonus: Check out these—on day one and beyond!
AFTER DAY 1:
Play Back The Tape
Training day is often a whirlwind experience and you may not have time to process everything in real time. Take a few minutes at home to recap your experience. Jot down questions or concerns you’d like to, record important information that you’d like to recall, and note any pending to-dos.
Set a Goal For Week One
Ending your first week with a win sets you up for a great second week. Develop that positive momentum by setting a goal for week one, whether it be to finish your first onboarding module or memorize the names of everyone in the office.
Keep Calm and Onboard On
Considering that it takes approximately, onboarding isn’t for day one alone. In fact, team members who experience lengthier onboarding processes tend to become than employees in the shortest programs. Integrate onboarding into your entire first year on the job and savor the positive results!
If you leave your first day feeling that your onboarding program isn’t up to par, talk to HR about!
We specialize in designing customized onboarding programs that can help new hires like you succeed faster while having fun!