Picture this, you spend 1+ hours doing your hair and/or makeup, pick out the perfect outfit, and rehearse talking points in the mirror to prepare yourself. In this case, we’re not talking about your first school dance, we’re referencing your first day at a new job. You’re likely mentally and physically prepared, but once you step on the scene you may fold in the pressure. Or you may thrive in a new environment in which case you likely won’t benefit from this read. We’re here to help put your mind at ease with a few tips and tricks to make your first day successful and overcome those first-day jitters!
If you’re feeling antsy on your first day, try to remind yourself that is completely normal, and you likely feel that way because you CARE. A first impression can make or break a relationship so it is understandable that you may be hyper-focused on making a good one. The anticipation builds on your commute there (or if you are remote, the moments before logging on), and it’s easy to let your mind wander. Having a plan of action is strongly encouraged, so select the tips below that best suit you and your needs, and your first day is sure to go off without a hitch!
- Arrive 15 minutes early. The last thing anybody wants to be doing on their first day is running late as it will likely set the whole day off. We recommend you plan your route accordingly to give yourself sufficient time to arrive early. This will show your eagerness to work and will give you time to get settled in when you arrive.
- Prepare a pitch. It is recommended that you mentally prepare a few points about yourself, what background you come from (professionally), and what your new role will be. Your new coworkers will be eager to meet you and will probably ask questions to get to know you better. Being prepared with a few key points about yourself will allow you to answer seemingly endless questions with ease. Calm, cool, and collected.
- Learn the culture. It is important to learn the culture that you will be working in. Observe how coworkers work together and how they speak with each other. By doing this you will determine who you may want to spend a majority of your time with (and who you may not). It is recommended to surround yourself with people who are successful in their role and may empower you to do the same.
- Take notes. Chances are for the first week or two you will be getting loads of information thrown your way. Taking notes will help you reference back to some key points that may be of value to your role. Of course, nobody expects you to retain every single piece of information the first time but taking the extra step to take notes shows that you are proactive and likely quick to learn.
- Smile. It hopefully goes without saying but smiling will show that you actually want to be there. If you don’t smile it may cause your coworkers to believe you may be closed off and will deter them from approaching.
- Be flexible. You may be pulled in a variety of directions as your manager and coworkers will be eager to show you the ropes. Remain flexible and open to all opportunities that are presented. The goal is to absorb as much as possible which will help you in the long run.
- Ask questions. It is completely expected that with the amount of information you are being given you will have questions. Asking questions will show your trainer that you are engaged with what they are showing you and picking up what they are putting down. Remaining silent may make them think you are not understanding, and it may cause them to doubt your learning ability.
Through all of this is important to remember to just breathe. Your coworkers are likely just as eager to meet you as you are them. You wouldn’t have been offered the role if the hiring didn’t believe you would be a good fit both professionally and culturally so have confidence that you belong there. For further assistance please give us a call at (518) 275-4816 where we are happy to assist in your job search!
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