There are plenty of things you should do on your first day in a new job. Common sense things include: ‘turn up on time’ and ‘don’t wear a Herve Legereurueureur bandage dress’ and ‘be polite’ and ‘listen to people and ask appropriate questions’ and ‘don’t eat canned tuna with a boiled egg’. One thing that no one told me until recently was the importance of delivering something on your first day. This seems pretty common sense now that someone has told me, but it literally never crossed my mind.
When I say ‘deliver something on your first day’, I mean, give your direct superior a piece of output. It doesn’t matter what this is, but it indicates that you are productive, efficient, and engaged. It could be as simple as an email summarizing your day and what you plan to do tomorrow/for the rest of the week. It could be delivering an actual piece of work required. It could be a basic PowerPoint presentation showing your strategy to address your new role.
I feel like things can go two ways on Day 1 - either you get shown around and left to your own devices and things are pretty cruisy, or you get thrown in the deep end and you are crazy busy. Either way, make the time to deliver something, even if you have to stay late or do it from home. You will make a good first impression, and in no time become rich and be able to afford heaps more Lerve Hegergggever bandage dresses.