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January 22, 2021

Best Practices for Starting a New Job 

Starting a new job can be exciting and nerve-wracking at all once. Being a little nervous about your first day is okay – it means you care! However, being too nervous may prevent you from having the best first day experience you can have. The Sonoco College Recruiting Team has some tips to share to help you calm your nerves and focus more on being excited to start something new. We’ve even asked one of our employees from the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) to share her best advice! 

Do Your Homework 

Before your first day on the job, you will have a little prep work to do. Make sure that you know about the company and even consider following them on the social media platforms you use. Be sure that you have asked your boss all the vital questions you will need answered before you start. For example, you should ask what the dress code is and if there is anything you can do before coming in. This preparation will not go unnoticed and will show that you are interested in the company and excited to be there. 

Be Curious 

When you start a new position, your new employers will be giving you loads of information all at once. It is important to take notes, absorb as much as you can, and to ask questions. The information given to you during onboarding is very important so ask questions to make sure you have a solid understanding. 

Speak to Everyone 

First impressions are known for being the most important impressions. Take the initiative on your first day to speak to everyone. This is a great way to put names to faces and lay down foundations to start building relationships with your new colleagues. 

Tips from an ELP 

“My tips for having a great first day at a new job are all about attitude. Go into it with a positive mindset and be easy on yourself. When you start a new job, people expect that you will have a lot of questions and might make some mistakes. And that’s okay! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if they seem too simple. Asking questions is a great way to start conversations with new co-workers and it shows your interest in learning about your new position rather than pretending like you’ve got it all together. No one expects you to be perfect!” - Savannah Marsh