After countless resumes and endless interviews, you finally got hired for your perfect job! You’ve cleared some of the biggest hurdles for setting up your career, but now you face another one – your first day of work. The first day at a new job is definitely nerve-wracking, so here are some tips for not only surviving, but starting your new job on the right foot:

Arrive Early

Just like your job interview, the last thing you want to do is arrive late on the first day of work. Your new employer will see it as a sign of disrespect and disinterest – definitely not how you want to start off at your job! Arrive a little early your first day; it will show you’re ready and excited to begin.

Dress to Impress

It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed – especially during your first day! You’re still trying to build a solid first impression, so coming in wearing jeans while everybody else is wearing business casual attire is a misstep. Not sure what to wear? Err on the side of professional and iron up that suit. 

Introduce Yourself to New Colleagues 

Take the initiative and introduce yourself to your new teammates. When you’re meeting your colleagues, make direct eye contact, smile and use a firm handshake. Also use your trusty elevator pitch to give your coworkers a better idea of who you are. After you meet everyone, try your best to remember their names. This might be hard if you have a lot of colleagues, but making the effort will be appreciated. 

Ask Questions and Take Notes 

When you join a team, your teammates are expecting you to have questions for them about anything from the way they work to office ins and outs. Prepare a few well thought out questions that show you have done your research about the organization, and while your teammates are answering them, be sure to take notes.

The first day at a new job is a hurricane of excitement and nervousness, but if you follow these tips, you’re sure to start off on the right foot with your new position!