Starting a new job can be a nerve racking experience. How do you survive your first day and make a good impression on your new colleagues and boss at the same time? Here are a few ideas:
It might seem obvious, but do make sure that you leave plenty of time to get to work early for your first day. If you are taking a route to work that you haven’t taken before it might be worth doing a practice run before hand so you can be prepared as possible. Take a lunch break, but again it is worth making sure you are back punctually. Paying attention to the small details will help you settle in and make the best impression you can.
Choose what you are going to wear carefully to make the best first impression that you can. Think about practicalities – if you are working in an office but also need to go to a factory on site you might want to wear the more sensible heel for example! Thinking ahead will help you to prepare and feel as comfortable as possible whilst going about your first day.
Asking questions shows you are interested in learning more about your new role and the company you have joined. It is also worth taking the initiative to ask questions of your co-workers: questions like “where is a good place to grab lunch” can help start a conversation.
Avoid First Day Mistakes
Being aware of how we are coming across to the people around us will help to steer clear of first day mistakes. Flirting with your boss and / or colleague(s), talking too much or too little and using your personal phone on the job are examples of first day mistakes! Be relaxed but be aware of the opportunity to make a good first impression.
Be confident and self assured in your body language. Keep your back straight and try to look people in the eye when talking to them. Many people smile less than they usually would, when nervous. Make an effort to smile and be friendly to your boss and the people you will be working with. Your colleagues and boss may be nervous about your first day and how you will fit in and impact the team too! It is natural to be nervous (it is your first day after all) but making an effort to put others at ease will help you to integrate with the team and hopefully take your focus away from you.
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach, Mentor & Writer. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps others to achieve their goals and dreams.