Everyone is whispering and staring at you—or at least it feels that way. Here are a few quick tricks for dealing with those first-day-at-the-office jitters.
Step 1: Choose outfit Choose your first day outfit carefully. Your clothes are a huge part of the image you project so play it safe—at least until people get to know you.
Step 2: Show up on time Show up on time, but not too early—you want to appear conscientious and responsible, but you don't want to show up your new colleagues.
Step 3: Be prepared to answer questions Be prepared to answer questions about who you are, where you're from, and what you're doing there. Rehearse your spiel ahead of time in order to come across as confident but not arrogant.
TIP: Be respectful to one and all. Not only is it good manners, but you still don't know who's who—or who's about to be promoted!
Step 4: Do more listening than talking Do more listening than talking. The only thing people enjoy more than interrogating the newbie is talking about themselves.
TIP: Impress people by remembering their names. Make a quick mental association during introductions. For example, if you meet a woman named Sandy, picture a lovely beach. But if you meet a guy named Dick, you're on your own.
Step 5: Introduce yourself to others Introduce yourself to others. It's one of the easiest ways to come across as friendly and competent.
Step 6: Lunch Be prepared to either bite the bullet and ask someone to have lunch with you, or bring a book or work to occupy yourself if you plan to sit and eat alone.
Step 7: Offer to help Offer to help. It immediately shows bosses and subordinates alike that you are a team player.
Step 8: Don't suck up Don't suck up. Bosses can see right through it, and it won't win you any points with your new colleagues.
Step 9: Don't rush home Don't rush out the door at 5:00, or you'll negate any goodwill you established during the day.
FACT: According to a recent poll, 84% of Americans are not in their dream job.