Starting a new job at a startup can make you feel like a kid on your first day of school. You’re filled with anticipation for what is to come, a bundle of nerves for what the lunchroom will look like, and wondering whether your shoes and pants really do look good together (we’re sure they look great). You can never be too prepared, and if you follow these tips you’ll shine like the superstar you are on your first day.
1. Be prepared for “paperwork”
In our digital world it’s more likely that your on-boarding documents will be taken care of online. Be ready to spend some time taking care of these not-so-fun logistics on your first day. It’s also a good idea to have a copy of your passport on hand just in case.
2. Come in with a plan
Imagine yourself arriving “guns blazing” with a 30/60/90 day plan of how you’re going to be the best in your role. Expect that you are going to be responsible for training and getting yourself started. Having a solid plan will show that you have taken initiative and put thought into your new role.
3. Leave early
Not at the end of the day, but on your way to work. Be sure to leave plenty of time for your morning commute, especially if you haven’t traveled during that time before. At the end of the day, check in with your manager before you leave. Take a Lyft home – you deserve it.
4. Remember names
Get your hands on an employee directory and start matching names to LinkedIn photos. (On that note, make sure your profile is up to date.) Another trick to remembering names is to repeat the person’s name right after the first introduction.
5. Dress the part
Presumably you’ve scoped the place out during your interview and have a sense of what dress is appropriate. If not, talk to someone in HR or your future manager. Lay out your ensemble the night before to streamline your morning routine.
6. Don’t pack lunch
But do pack some snacks. Most likely someone will take you out for lunch, or you can initiate the outing. Food trucks, anyone? Going to lunch with your new colleagues is essential to building relationships. This leads to our final tip…
7. Befriend the office
Your first day at your new startup is no time to be shy! Introduce yourself to everyone and have an “elevator pitch” prepared to recap your past experience and why you’re excited to be here. Integrating yourself into company culture is essential to feeling secure in your new surroundings.
Now you’re all set to head off on your first day at your new startup role! You’re excited and ready to hit the ground running with a plan and nerves of steel. Follow these tips and you’ll be settled in your new role in no time at all. Good Luck!