You updated the resume, you filled out piles of job applications, went through an exhausting gauntlet of interviews and finally got the job. Congratulations! It’s always a great feeling to know that you have financial and professional security after a stressful job search — you can finally relax for a bit. But don’t forget that this is only the beginning and now you actually have a job to do! In order to make a great impression, you’ll need to do some preparation leading up to and on the first day.

Do Your Research
Know the company and your position in and out. You should know these things by the end of the interview process, but do a bit of research as a quick refresher. Feel free to call or email your new bosses or colleagues with questions about the job if you have them. It shows that you take initiative and that you’re excited and engaged about your new role. Additionally, look up some best-practices for the position you’re taking on to ensure you’re up-to-date on the industry standards. You probably have an idea of the company’s culture from the interview(s) assuming they were on-site, but if you didn’t, try to get to know their culture from their website.

Reevaluate Your Skills
Brush up on skills that will be required for your position. If you’ve been out of work for a while, you may need to research some industry standards, read up on tools and equipment you’ll be using and safety gear. Keep in mind that despite the skills you already possess, the majority of a new job will be a learning experience. Your current skill set and knowledge are foundation, not the end-all-be-all of necessary qualifications.

On The First Day
Come in with an open mind, ready to learn — ON TIME or, better yet, early. Being punctual is the easiest way to show that you’re dependable. Being late is the easiest way to be disrespectful.

Pay close attention to the instructions your superiors give, observe your surroundings and get to know your colleagues and how their roles may require your cooperation. Ask a lot of questions — it shows enthusiasm, engagement and you’ll learn helpful information. Particularly in the labor industry, it’s crucial to listen to safety procedures and know the equipment. If you’re unsure of something, speak up. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t deny lunch offers. If coworkers or bosses ask you to eat with them or go out to a local restaurant, take them up on the offer. What better way to get to know someone more personally than to break bread with them? Showing colleagues that you’re personable and sociable early on will make you more of a pleasure to work with.

Take all of this advice into account after you accept your new position and you’ll be seen as a valuable employee straight out of the gate. Good luck in your new job (though you probably won’t need it)!

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