So, the first day of your new job is finally here. You’re nervous. You want to make a good impression, but you don’t want to come across as trying too hard or make any first day blunders. How do you strike that all important balance and more importantly, survive your first day?
Preparation will help you feel more in control of your first day. Choose your clothes the night before, bearing in mind the impression that you want to make. If you don’t know what the ‘dress code’ is, I’d suggest erring on the side of caution and going smarter, rather than too casual. You can always adjust your attire after that all important first day. Have a good night sleep and set your alarm in plenty of time for the next day. Even if you feel nervous, try to have some breakfast as this will help you feel more comfortable when you arrive… there is nothing worst than a grumbling stomach!
Your new company have hired you to be you. Of course it can be nerve inducing starting any new job, but try and remember that they have chosen you and they won’t be expecting you to “perform” on your first day. Being relaxed, friendly and professional is the best way to make a good impression with the various different staff of a new company. Don’t feel that you have to suck up to your boss, or be best buddies with your colleagues by the end of the day. Taking things slowly will allow you to get a lay of the land and a sense of the culture of the company.
Your first day is all about getting to know where you are working and who you are working with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You need to learn and understand the company and where you will be fitting in.
If you are asked out to lunch with colleagues or to work on a project, it is worth diving in and getting involved. Getting involved will give you the chance to get to know your colleagues, and for them to get to know you.
Your first day can be terrifying. Just trying to impress, ask the right questions all whilst remembering everyone’s names! Remember to take a breath and try to smile. Though you may be nervous, don’t forget that the team will also be wondering who the “new person on the block” is and may be nervous for different reasons!
How do you survive your first day on a job? I’d love to hear.
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach, Mentor & Writer. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps people achieve their goals and dreams.