Congratulations, you aced the interview and scored your dream job! Now what? Nerves about your first day are to be expected, but don’t let them get the better of you. Here’s some quick steps on how to handle your first day jitters like a pro and prove to your manager that they made the right decision when hiring you.
Show up on time (if not early). Today is an important day and as the saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a first impression” so it is essential that you start your new position off on the right foot. The best way to do this is to show up to work either on time or early. It will show that you are eager and excited about your new position and ready to jump right in. A good piece of advice would be to do a test run drive to your new office, so that you know how long it will take you during the morning of your first day.
Get to know your coworkers. Getting to know the people that you will be working with on a day to day basis can easily be the single most valuable way to ease the transition into your new job. Try to learn and remember as many names as possible, which we realize can be a daunting task, especially on the first day. The best way to go about this is to ask questions, find out roles people have, where they sit, how long they have been with the company, etc. The more you learn about your co-workers, the quicker you will develop a professional rapport with them. If you are stuck and can’t remember people’s names, ask for a seating or organizational chart with job titles.
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. In this day and age where everyone tries to balance the line between business and casual attire, it is better to overdress. It is much better to dress "more professionally" than to feel like you are a dress code violation on the first day. You can always adjust your style after you’ve had time to look around at what others are wearing.
Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Everyone will understand that you are starting in a new place and it will show that you’re actively learning, interested, and engaged. Repeat back instructions because it is the best way to make sure you understand things completely and it will help you remember even more.
Take notes. The best way to remember all the new information coming your way is to write things down. Keep notes of instructions and advice that people offer. It will help you remember what you need to do in the future.
Talk to your manager. It is essential that you build a relationship with your manager. Communicating regularly with your manager is a good way to show that you are on track and are open to receiving feedback.
Try to remember that everyone has experienced first day nerves and people are generally very understanding when you need assistance or ask lots of questions as you get acclamated to your new envrionment.
The good thing about a new position is that you are bringing a fresh perspective with new energy and ideas. Stay calm and always try to remember that you were hired because your experience and qualifications best fit the ideal candidate for which they were looking. It is now up to you to prove that they made the right decision.
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