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Posted 6/22/14
I just recently got a full-time job and tomorrow is my first proper day as an employee. I'm nervous as all hell and I figured I'd make this thread as I'm sure everybody has been there at least once.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself before (any of) your first day(s) at work?
Posted 6/22/14
Be yourself else it will haunt you.
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It doesn't matter.
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Posted 6/22/14
don't do it
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Posted 6/22/14
Attempting to look for a job, except it's a pain trying to figure out how I will actually get to the job when I come from school... ._.
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Posted 6/22/14
Don't be to hard on yourself or expect yourself to know everything on your first day or first week.
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1. Ask lots of questions.
2. Take advantage of any 401K or other retirement benefits.
3. Be yourself in a subdued way. See what the corporate culture is like. For example, I use anime pictures for my screen saver (Safe for work ones) but not every place is like that.
4. If you haven't done it yet, your first day will probably involved going up to H/R and filling out lots of paperwork. Make sure you have all the information you need ready. I always make sure I have my wife's SSN number for example and my stepdaughter's address for benefits.
5. The three departments that you want to become friends with as soon as possible is IT, Security and your maintenance/cleaning staff. They can really make your job easier.
6. If you are not working for IT, find out what their policy is for bringing laptops, tablets and other mobile devices from home and putting them on your work network. Some places allow it, some don't. Also remember that they might have the right to look at those devices so leave the naughty stuff at home.
7. If you are going to be issued equipment, do not ask if you can install non work software. They don't want to hear that. Instead see what others do.

Good Luck.
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Posted 6/22/14
Good luck man.

The best advice i could give is.. dont let your boss walk all over you. Some bosses try to take advantage of you and make you do all kinds of stuff that you are not really not obligated to do and threaten you with firing. Stand up for yourself if its an unreasonable request.
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Posted 6/22/14 , edited 6/22/14
Dont be afraid of the sergeants in a year you will find out they are complete retards
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Agreed with ceewayne, ask lots of questions.. and don't be afraid of being wrong / asking something that seems obvious to everyone else. They've been doing it as a group a lot longer than you, and even if it's in your field, the new place always has their own lingo to talk about stuff.

Show up a bit early each day, especially to start. Go with the group to lunch if they do that, it's where you'll get to unwind and meld with the group. Might cost a bit to start, but it's worth it.

If you have a problem, bring it up as soon as you can. I use the 30 minute rule - if I can't solve it in 30 minutes, I ask for help. I might be told just to fix it myself, but someone else might have the answer and save me days of work, making everything work more smoothly.

Try to keep a positive attitude! They hired you, they want you there. There'll be lots of papers to sign (do take the time to read those! Don't feel that you have to rush through it and just put pen to paper), lots of people to meet. Over time some of these people may well become friends, so look forward to it
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Posted 6/22/14 , edited 6/22/14
Ceewayne is right on the money! Also, be sure to bring some cash--heaven knows when you might get a chance to eat!--and some breath mints, since you'll probably spend your first day talking to a lot of people.

Also, let's see if I can remember this old quote correctly, which I think comes from a Jimmy Stewart movie: "'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart--I recommend pleasant."

Congrats and good luck!
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If you have a problem, bring it up as soon as you can. I use the 30 minute rule - if I can't solve it in 30 minutes, I ask for help. I might be told just to fix it myself, but someone else might have the answer and save me days of work, making everything work more smoothly.


Now that is clever. Also if you have a coworker help you, let your boss know, that way they will get the credit as well and shows that you work as a team.

8. If your job offers life insurance, have an idea who you are going to put down as the beneficiary. When I was single I used to put my sisters down.
Posted 6/22/14 , edited 6/22/14

MakotoKamui wrote:

If you have a problem, bring it up as soon as you can. I use the 30 minute rule - if I can't solve it in 30 minutes, I ask for help. I might be told just to fix it myself, but someone else might have the answer and save me days of work, making everything work more smoothly.



Do you really? You never asked for my help to begin with.

You were too preoccupied with your prefilled opinion of me.
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Natier wrote:

Do you really? You never asked for my help to begin with.


Must mean everything's going smoothly if I haven't asked
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Posted 6/22/14 , edited 6/22/14
If it is customer service, lower your standards on how much credit you give humanity. I never thought some people could be so dumb until after i became a cashier.

Also, take your time to get things done right. You are new and they expect you to be a little slow until you get to know how things are done.
Posted 6/22/14
Ask lots of questions so you can develop a clear idea of the expectations, norms etc. Employers often speak from an expert perspective on the job that assumes a lot of prior knowledge new employees don't necessarily have, so sometimes you need to ask them to give more background information about the job. also, smiling is good too!
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