Much of your success on a new assignment depends on
the impression you make in the first few minutes. Follow these
"first-day-on-the-job" tips to elevate your chances of finishing a rewarding
Dress for success.
Dress conservatively - make sure you know the corporate dress code, and err on
the side of being conservative. Your appearance should always be neat - make
sure clothing is clean and pressed and not too revealing.
Use good scents. Be
mindful of your cologne or perfume; too much can overpower the senses, and can
even cause an unintended allergic reaction to a co-worker.
Get a good night's sleep
before every work day, but especially on the first day of a new assignment.
You'll look refreshed and you'll be sharp and alert.
Be pleasant, but not overly
chatty. It's great to get to know your new coworkers, but save
visiting time for lunch or a break. Everyone will get some work done and you
won't be perceived as "pesky".
Listen carefully when
a project or assignment is being explained to you. Don't be afraid to ask
questions and take notes, and don't be afraid to admit if you don't understand
Arrive early for your new
assignment and make sure you understand the directions to the
location. If you're not familiar with the area, it doesn't hurt to find the
location a day or two before you start.
Stay busy. When you
finish a task, ask what else you can do. Never sit idly; it gives the impression
that you lack motivation.
Never leave without saying
goodbye. You likely will need to have your timesheet signed, anyway,
but always announce your departure. It's good manners and promotes the
impression that you are not sneaking away.