The First Day at New Job: A Workplace Mantra for Young Professionals

workplace mantraDo you have a workplace mantra?

Every new job is a new beginning. It feels like everyone and everything starts fresh. But it can also be a little daunting. Everything you knew, everything you’ve grown accustomed to, fades into the past. A new day, and a new period in your life, dawns!

If you find yourself at a new job or internship and face an unfamiliar office environment, rely on the workplace mantra below to survive those first awkward weeks.

The “First Day” Workplace Mantra

At my new job/internship

I will arrive earlier than directed.

I will dress better than I should.

I will listen more than I talk.

I will never look bored.

I will be ready for whatever the day brings.

I will prove I belong because of my work ethic.

I will ask my co-workers as many questions about themselves as they can handle.

I will bring my lunch because who knows what happens at lunch, and I don’t want to miss a meal.

I will say “Can I help you with anything?” a lot.

I will weigh in with my expertise, when appropriate.

I will sit quietly and observe, when appropriate.

I will be, above all else, helpful.

I will not complain. About anything.

I will do my best to not disrupt the flow of the office.

I will say “Yep, can do” to nearly everything I’m asked.

I will make sure I smile…even in boring training sessions.

I will ask “Do you mind if I come along?” a lot.

I will stay at least as late as everyone else.

I will come back the next day ready to do it all again.

A new job, a new beginning, is also an opportunity to grow and be the best you can be. So grab it with both hands!


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Danny_RubinAbout the Author: Danny Rubin is a communications expert and author of the new book, Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, a collection of 100+ templates for networking, the job search and LinkedIn. For more of Danny’s insights and sample chapters from the book, visit his blog, The Template, which highlights the career advice in the latest headlines. Follow him on Twitter.



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