Your first day at work can be downright intimidating. You may not know any of your coworkers, or perhaps you have changed industries and are feeling uncertain about how you’ll meet the demands of your new position. Being concerned is perfectly normal, but this feeling doesn’t have to define your first day. The following are a few pieces of advice to help guide you through the first day. 

Be Friendly and Professional

Remember, a smile goes a long way. Be genuine about your excitement, and other people will be happy to help you out as you navigate this next career step. Don’t forget to pay attention to your new coworkers’ social cues. By mimicking their body language and mannerisms, they will feel comfortable speaking with you. Make sure that you greet people with a warm smile and introduce yourself, even if they don’t approach you. Some people may be feeling more shy than you are, so don’t be afraid to say a quick hello. 

Dress Appropriately

First impressions matter, and what you wear is an important part of your first impression. It’s okay to overdress a little on the first day. Your coworkers and managers want to see that you’re serious about your new job. Once you begin working somewhere, you begin representing the company. Your team is sure to be impressed by how seriously you take your new duties. After a few days you’ll be able to a better idea of what other people wear and adjust your wardrobe accordingly. 

Be Confident

Even if you’re feeling uncertain, approach your day with confidence. Remember, there is some truth to the phrase “fake it until you make it.” Even if you have to force a feeling of confidence, soon it will feel natural. Introduce yourself with confidence to your new coworkers. Tell people you’re looking forward to working with them. Take the initiative to ask questions and be quick to offer a helping hand. 

Listen to Others

On the first day, make sure you listen to others as much as possible. Take notes when you’re undergoing orientation and don’t forget to follow up on anything that isn’t clear. It’s okay to focus more on understanding your role on the first day. There’s no shame in asking questions in order to get up to speed. 

Everyone who worked at your company has had a first day. You don’t need to be perfect. Instead, relax, be confident, and focus on creating a positive first impression. 

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  • Fred Sines

    Owner at Sines Parks

    Maurice "Fred" Sines is a businessman who is currently living and working near London, England. Fred specializes in the real estate industry where he deals in luxury mobile homes, an industry he got into following in his father's footsteps. After purchasing his first park in 1997, Fred spent a few years building up his portfolio before opening up Sines Parks. Ever since he was a young boy, Fred has worked hard to hone his business skills. He's become an expert communicator and is extremely savvy when it comes to making major business decisions and running the day-to-day affairs of his parks. People who meet Fred are surprised to learn that he has limited formal education, as he dropped out of school at a young age. Since leave school, Fred has held a wide variety of jobs including window cleaner, milk man, paper boy, and then eventually a manager in his father’s nursery. Fred started at the bottom, but he has transformed himself and his business through his consistent practice, observation, research, and incredible dedication. Now Fred Sines has created some of the leading names of luxury mobile home parks in the UK. Fred's homes are catered to those over 50, who are looking for a peaceful retirement community. Each of his many parks offers residents something different, whether they be seaside views, trails through the woods, or convenient locations near historic attractions. He works with each resident to help customize their new home exactly how they want. Fred strives to create a safe and inclusive community for those who live in his parks. When Fred Sines isn't hard at work, he enjoys playing golf both in the UK and in exotic locations such as Dubai. He also enjoys driving cars from his luxury Rolls-Royce collection or riding his motorcycle. He is also a devoted husband and father.