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How to Sail Through the First Day of Your New Job

07th Nov, 2017

How to Sail Through the First Day of Your New Job

Butterflies, sickness, uncertainty…sound like familiar feelings? Are you starting a new job by any chance?

Don’t worry, starting a new job doesn’t have to be scary.

When you’re about to enter a new place, it’s quite natural to feel nervous about what could be ahead. You don’t know if you’re going to like the role or the team you’re working with, but plan the situation before-hand and you can say goodbye to all these fears!

You’re probably thinking that this is easier said than done? Let us help you…

Plan your journey and give yourself more time

Research your route to work in advance and add an extra 20-30 minutes to whatever the planner predicts. This allows for traffic and getting lost; you can always find a place to chill before heading inside.

Power Poses

Our sister site for healthcare staff has a great blog all about ‘Power Poses’. This explains how standing in certain positions can boost your confidence!

Arrive early

You don’t want to give the wrong impression on your first day, so make sure that you arrive about 5-10 minutes early.

Head to the reception to introduce yourself

A common fear is not knowing what to do or where to go when you arrive. Chances are, when you speak to your employer before your first day, they will advise you where to go. If this doesn’t happen, head straight to the reception desk and introduce yourself with a smile, detailing who you are and who you’re there to see.

Remember: The nerves are probably really starting to set in at this point. That’s great! It means you care. Put a smile on your face, hold your chin up and act like you’re confident, even if you’re secretly scared. Nine times out of ten, you’re going to love your first day, and if you don’t, you know where to find us!

Ask questions

If you’re curious or unsure about something – just ask! This shows your interest in the job. Although, it’s probably best that you don’t bombard people with constant questions.

Demonstrate initiative and confidence

There is a fine line between confidence and cockiness. In this situation, you want to prove that you know what you’re doing and that you’re capable of the job, but you don’t want to come across as a ‘know-it-all’.

Remember also to use your initiative to respond to situations, such as picking up the phone when it rings or using resources readily available to you to answer simple questions.

Say hello

Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself or talk to people. A terrific way of doing this is to do a tea run. Through a tea run, you can find out your colleagues’ names and you’ll at least know how they like their tea! Tea runs are also a great way to initiate conversation with your co-workers.

Reign in the ‘crazy’ until you’ve settled in

It’s no bad thing if you are slightly crackers - everyone loves a laugh. However, keep that side under wraps until you’ve got a feel for your new workplace and co-workers. You don’t want to give the impression that you’re going to get distracted easily or be a distraction to others.

Avoid the following:

  • ‘In my last job…’ Instead, try asking questions about the way your new company does things. If you know of a better way to do something, you can make suggestions once you’ve given their way a try.
  • Trying too hard to impress people. Don’t feel like you have to laugh or agree with everything your colleagues say (especially if you don’t agree or find them funny!). You also want to avoid doing your own stand-up show – your inner comedian can be saved for work socials.
  • Asking about bonuses, changing your hours or anything that involves getting something out of the business. This puts the idea in your new employer’s head that you’re going to be demanding, hard to work with or just a general pain! Give it some time, unless you have something urgent coming up, and ask respectably.