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Getting ready for day 1 of your new job

The first day at work is a nerve-racking experience. Everything is a new experience so being prepared will minimize any potential problems and also help you feel less stressed about your first day in a new job.

Here are 10 tips to make your first day the best it can be:

  1. Get prepared for the first day: Any background reading that can be done before you start will help you get a grasp of the job. Being familiar with what needs to be done will also help. Jump online and read about the company.                                                                                                                                                                                     
  2. Remember that first impressions count. People don’t know you so you want to create a positive perception.  First opinions are often based on appearance and body language. Wear clothes that are appropriate for the workplace but that you still feel good in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  3. Be on time, have a positive attitude, get involved and even dress for the job you want next without overdoing it. Your employer will be making a judgment about your potential from the day on.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  4. Use your trial period wisely - Be polite but not passive. Use your nice voice but don’t set yourself up for failure because you lack the knowledge or tools to do your job. Ask questions and for help if you need it. No one should mind you asking questions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  5. Be confident: Remember that they liked you enough to give you the job. Confidence is a key quality for career success. Once you feel comfortable in your new role if you see a way to improve processes or do your job better, suggest it to your manager. This shows you are proactive and genuinely want what is best for the company.                                                                                                                                                                       
  6. Do the paperwork – the first day is often about filling in forms, familiarising yourself with your new workspace, meeting people and your new co-workers and general induction type tasks. Make sure you fill out all the necessary paperwork so things transition smoothly for you moving forward.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  7. Don’t criticise the past employee – if someone was in your role before you, do not criticise their work or skills. Everyone has different skill levels and it will only make you look bad to your new co-workers who most likely liked and respected this person.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  8. Find a mentor or work buddy that can be your go-to person - Mentoring has loads of benefits, from having someone you can run your ideas past to a person who helps direct and advance your career.                                                                                                                                                                       
  9. Smile & relax. Remember to relax on your first day so that you can optimize your productivity. Make sure you’re well rested, prepared, and have every reason to be on time. Remember to be happy, smile and enjoy the moment.                                                                                                                                                                       
  10. Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you are not. You need to be yourself and be authentically you. People can see if you are acting or trying too hard so if you are nervous it’s Ok to say you here. Just be you.

Don’t be too hard on yourself if your first day doesn’t go according to plan. There is always tomorrow.


Published by: Admin Officer on May 4, 2018