The First Day at Your New Job
- Participate in opportunities to socialize with coworkers (i.e. going out to lunch the first day)
- Pay attention to any training and ask questions!
- Show up late or leave early
- Check or use your cell phone all day
- Avoid completing tasks on the first day (it's okay if you need help, this will show you are making an effort)
- Get involved in gossip
Dress for Success!
- Know how to dress for the environment (Business Casual, Business Professional, etc.)
- When buying new items, keep in mind:Try setting aside outfits for the week
- Neutral and solid-color pieces
- Quality over quantity
- Use accessories to dress up different pieces
- Material (will it need to be dry cleaned?)
- See examples of professional dress (Mannix Marketing, 2012)
Organize Your Desk!
- An organized workspace will:
- Increase your productivity
- Improve your professional appearance
- Help you remember important events/deadlines
- Keep you focused on work goals
* Bonus Tip: Peruse professional sites or Pinterest for creative organization ideas that fit how you use your workspace.
- Let coworkers know about large printing or copying projects in advance
- Report any equipment you break (you might even learn how to fix it in case it happens again!)
- Do not stockpile shared office supplies
- Communicating in a Professional Manner:
- Do not use slang
- Participate in meetings
- Listen to your coworkers and your boss
- Expand your vocabulary!
- Take note of unfamiliar words and research later
- Be sure to ask about any terms used specifically for your responsibilities
Using the Internet
- E-Mail Etiquette
- Use professional language
- Limit personal topics
- Avoid using contractions and symbols/emoticons
- Include contact information with your signature
- Always proofread before sending!
- Use your time wisely
- Familiarize yourself with company policy
- Some companies may monitor use!
Respect Your Boss and Colleagues
- Be honest
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Make sure you appear approachable
- Control strong emotions
- Be receptive to feedback
- Know when to address conflicts directly and when to involve HR