The present day employment market is uber-tight. Thousands of other applicants may have applied for the same job position for which you’ve sent your CV. So, consider yourself lucky if your resume is reviewed by your prospective interviewer or employer. And it’d be nothing short of a miracle if you can land the job. However, it is important not to become complacent or get carried away as you get ready to attend your first day in office.
It need not be emphasized that you’d need to present yourself impeccably to make a lasting impression on your boss and your co-workers. You’d be raring to go and would try heart and soul to convince everybody that you’re dependable, polite, humble, and well-groomed. Following are some valuable guidelines which you can abide by to ensure that you send the right vibes on your first day at work.
1. Sleep Soundly The Night Before
Nothing reinvigorates you like sleep. Sleeping soundly for eight hours prepares you effectively for arriving in perfect shape at your workplace. After all, you’d not want to appear groggy-eyed and feel uncomfortable as you prepare to meet new colleagues, and seniors.
You’d want to exude passion and enthusiasm for your new job and demonstrate that you’re willing to go the extra mile. You’d want to look good not only in your eyes but also in the eyes of others. You’d need to acclimatise yourself for working beyond the regular office hours and even do late nights in the first few months. So, you should start getting a good night’s sleep at least two to three weeks before the D-day.
2. Dress Appropriately
Don’t take chances with dressing up (or dressing down) for your first day in office. Put on attire that is appropriate and in consonance with your job position. Many offices and business organizations nowadays are not too fastidious about workplace attire. However, if your company has a dress code, try to abide by it. Keep your clothing ready in advance. Needless to say, wear clean and ironed clothes. Comb your hair properly. Clean-shave and take a shower before dressing up.
3. Be Punctual
Try to follow the aphorism ‘Early bird catches the Worm’. It’d be catastrophic if you’re late on the very first day. Find out in advance the shortest route for getting to your office. Preferably be at your desk half an hour before rest of the employees start trooping in.
4. Keep a Positive Approach
Don’t nurse any misgivings and prejudices about your position. Keep a positive approach and be optimistic about your job position. There’s no job in the entire world that is perfect in every respect including yours. You may not like everything about your job profile but learn to take them in your stride. Keep a happy face and be genial with everyone in your workplace.
5. Keep Your Desk/Cubicle Organized
If your work desk is strewn with folders, pens, and other office items, your superior and colleagues will get the impression that you’re disorganized and sloppy. Just look around yourself and see how your co-workers organize their cubicle and try to follow the same. Remove all personal items from your desk and keep them inside a drawer. All your files and dossiers should be kept in order. Keep your desk free from all clutter.
As a parting tip stick to your desk even after others have left for the day and do not be in a hurry to leave. Just keep your eyes off the clock and focus on completing your work responsibilities with astute professionalism.