How to Ace Your First Day at a New Job

Worker having a great first day

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The first day at a new job can be scary and exciting. Your anxiety level is likely through the roof and you’re unsure of what to wear or how you should act. You want to make a good impression and get off to a great start. But how do you do that? Who better than a marketing chief and a CEO to give us the inside scoop? The Cheat Sheet spoke with AdaPia d’Errico, CMO of Patch of Land, and Nicole Rodrigues, CEO and founder of NRPR Group. Here’s their best advice.

AdaPia d’Errico

Do’s and don’ts for a successful first day at work:

On your first day at a new job it’s important to be prepared when you arrive. I always recommend a lot of research before you dive into anything. You should show up on your first day enthusiastically and with an understanding of what the position entails, what the company does, and how your role will benefit the company. Be sure you show up on time and are dressed in the proper attire. I’ve found it helpful to speak with the hiring manager or another employee at the company beforehand, so I can ask questions and make sure I know what to expect and what is expected of me on my first day. The don’ts for a first day of work can seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many people often make these simple mistakes. The biggest is showing up late without any notice. Plan ahead and map how long it will take you to get to your new job. Give yourself extra time on your first day in case there’s traffic, you can’t find parking, etc. It’s also a big don’t to arrive unprepared. If you’re supposed to bring any paperwork or your own laptop make sure you have it with you! That’s where speaking with the hiring manager can help.

How I nailed my first day at a new job:

When I started at Patch of Land, I brought my passion for growing businesses and the real estate crowdfunding industry. That passion shined through on my first day as I came with fresh ideas for how to build the brand and market the company. I had already given this so much thought that I had many pages of material written out and ideas ready to present and even take action on.

My advice for how employees can overcome those first-day jitters:

The night before get to bed early, so you can wake up refreshed. Before you leave for work, take a few minutes to reflect on the new position and what you hope to achieve with your new job. I find meditation to be an incredible tool in life, so if you can take the reflection into meditation, that will be even more powerful. When you arrive at the office, take a deep breath, smile a lot, and be friendly to everyone you meet. Remind yourself that they chose you over all the other candidates, which will help boost your confidence.

AdaPia d’Errico, chief marketing officer, Patch of Land

Nicole Rodrigues

Some do’s and don’ts for a successful first day:

Your first day is your first opportunity to create an awesome first impression. Show up prepared and looking your best. Be sure you find out from your boss whom you will be communicating with most to get your job done well. Meet them, say hello, get on their radar, and create an online dialogue so they know to include you on important email chains, meetings, whatever. Remember, you come in to a new job non-existent, no matter what your title is. Translation: Before your first day you didn’t exist to anyone at the organization, so make it really easy for people to work you into their daily flow. Don’t come in entitled and ready to boss people around. Be humble, ready to learn, and ready to teach when the time comes. It’s your golden ticket into being liked and accepted by the group you’ll be working with.

How I nailed my first day on the job:

I’ll never forget my first day with the Oakland Raiders. I knew I was coming in as an intern but the end goal, in my mind, was to get hired. I showed up early, chatted with my boss (Craig Long) over coffee – before the other interns arrived – and told him that I was open to taking on any projects he needed me to. He loved my eager energy and introduced me to the entire communications and marketing team, and I made sure to shake hands, make good eye contact, and let them know they could count on me for anything they needed! My can-do attitude and willingness nailed me great projects that challenged me and helped me stand out. I eventually earned my seat at the table as player development coordinator and I remain part of the Raider family to this day.

My advice for how employees can overcome those first-day jitters:

Breathe: take it one day, one project, and one step at a time. No one is expecting you to solve all the organization’s problems in one day. They’re counting on you to show up ready to give your job 100%— that’s it!

Nicole Rodrigues, CEO and founder, NRPR Group

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