It’s your first day at your new job and obviously you want to make a good first impression. Now the question is: how do you do that? It is normal to feel both excited and nervous on your first day and the key to overcome your fears is to feel prepared.
Although you may have conducted a lot of research about the company and their role as you were preparing yourself for the job interview, it is important that you recall this research and remember the company’s key goals and missions. It is also important that you consider how you will get to work on your first day. Will you take the car, walk, bike or take public transportation and how long will you need to plan for your trip? If you decide to use public transportation as a means of getting to work, make sure you check transportation schedules and give yourself extra time in case you can’t find the way. Once you arrive at your workplace check where you need to go and if you are unsure, don’t hesitate to contact the HR department as they are more than happy to help you.
Have a Positive Attitude
It is important that you start your job with a positive attitude and that you look forward to working there. Remember that the company chose to hire you for a reason and that you are qualified and have the necessary skills for the role, so don’t feel too nervous! When arriving at your job it is likely that you will need to introduce yourself and meet new colleagues. Think about what you want to say when introducing yourself beforehand, however, try to avoid oversharing your life story or negative comments about your previous job. To build a strong working relationship it is essential that you create a professional first impression. Make sure you are confident and outgoing so that you seem approachable. If you struggle to remember some of your co-workers names, don’t be afraid to ask them again.
Listen and Learn
When you are first starting off at your new job, you will learn and develop a lot of new skills. It is important that you pay attention to what your co-workers are doing and that you try to take in as much information as possible. Don’t be afraid to take notes in order to remember contact names, new processes or software. If there is anything you don’t quite understand or if you need clarification, you should be prepared to ask questions. It is better to double check what you need to do rather than doubt whether you are doing your work correctly or not. It is normal to have questions and be unsure when starting a new job, which is why it is especially important to ask questions in order to learn as much as you can.
Get to Know the Workplace
When you first arrive at your job, ensure that you locate where the restrooms are or where you can get coffee and water. Check where the stairs and elevators are and whether there is a cafeteria to go to during lunch and breaks. If you haven’t been guided around the office, don’t hesitate to ask a colleague for a tour. It could also useful to try different means of transportations and different routes to get to work, to see which one is the fastest and easiest. Not only is it important that you get to know your workplace but you should also get to know your colleagues. If you’re up for it, ask a colleague to lunch or coffee, developing trusted relationships with your co-workers will make you feel more comfortable when settling into your new workplace.