Five Things You Should Do on the First Day of the Job or Internship

Posted on September 10, 2017

This is a guest blog post written by Alaisha Key. 

After submitting application after application and participating in a string of interviews, you’ve finally landed the dream job or internship. Though, the work is far from over. In fact, the hard work has just begun. This opportunity provides a chance for you to explore your given industry and help you to build a career. Here are five things that you can do on the first day of your job or internship that will help you start out on the right foot.

Be the early bird. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early. The first day of any new job is usually bogged down with paperwork and getting new hires set up on various company systems. Being early will help you get a jump start on all of the red tape so that you can get to work faster. It will also cut down on other circumstances that can make you late like going through security on the first day. You want to communicate that you are excited to begin and ready to start this new opportunity.

Have a notepad handy. The best accessories that you can arm yourself with on day one is a small notebook and a pen. The first day is about catching up to the learning curve. You are introduced to the company and the office workflow, and you should be taking note of everything your supervisor explains. This will help you learn your job duties sooner. Then you can take on more responsibilities and prove that you can handle tasks on your own.

Bring your lunch. Most companies give employees an hour for a lunch break. A good way to stand out is to bring your lunch. Stepping away from the office to pick up a meal during lunch hours can be troublesome. You can get stuck waiting in long lines, and it can sometimes take the whole hour just to get food. Bringing lunch allows you the freedom to eat when you want. Depending on your workload, you can eat at your desk or go to the cafeteria if the company has one. Either way, you don’t run the risk of being late by going out for lunch. (Exeception: The exception for this rule is if you get invited to go out to lunch with your new co-workers. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know the people you are going to be working closely with).

Get to know your peers. During the first day of a new job, you are introduced to a number of coworkers. Make an impression by learning names as quickly as possible. Social media is a great tool to help you keep track of your fellow employees. LinkedIn is one platform that was designed to help make professional connections, and it can help you remember names and faces.

Stay as late as needed. Don’t be too eager to clock out at 5:00 p.m. You should be willing to remain at work as long as you are needed by your supervisors. This shows them that you are dedicated and willing to go the extra mile.

For more advice make sure you read Welcome to the Real World.