Congratulations! You have worked hard on your CV, perfected your interview techniques, gained work related experience and now you have accepted the job.
Starting a new job is daunting for anyone and nerves are expected especially if it’s the job you have been waiting for! Here are some top tips to boost your confidence and ensure you have a successful and enjoyable first day!
1. First impressions count
Make sure you arrive on time and suitably dressed. Plan your wardrobe beforehand, if you aren’t certain about the dress-code aim for smart attire e.g. pair of trousers or a dress and a blazer. That way you can keep an eye out for what other employees are wearing on the day. If you are unsure about how long the drive or commute will be try to plan ahead and test it out before your first day, there is no excuse for being late!
2. Be confident and show your willingness to learn and work hard
It is important to act confident and have confidence in your abilities, remember you are extremely skilled, there is a reason they chose you! It is easy to become overwhelmed with nerves but remember that it is your knowledge and experience that got you this far and now all you need to do is demonstrate and prove your skills and knowledge to your new boss.
3. Take notes, ask questions and be proactive
You will be taking in masses of information on your first day so try and write as much as you can down, that way if you forget anything you can look back in your notepad. Ask as many questions as you can during the first week, that way you won’t need to bombard your colleagues with obvious ones later down the line.
4. Avoid office gossip
Some workplace environments can be rife with gossip so it’s important to keep out of it, especially when you are the newbie. Don’t repeat anything you may have heard and avoid being associated with the office trash talker.
5. Get to know your colleagues
Go out of your way to introduce yourself and show interest in your fellow workmates. Show your friendly side and chat with them during lunch or offer to make them a cup of tea or coffee if you are heading to the kitchen. You may be shy but the sooner you get to know them the easier and less daunting your workdays will be.
6. Learn as much as you can about your employer
Even though you have already had your interview and you should know some key facts about your new employer it pays off to know more. Ask your co-workers for more information about the company and what you can do to improve the workflow. However don’t act like know-it-all and still listen to your colleagues even if you know the answer.
It is easy to stiffen up your muscles and feel tense during your first day, so to avoid getting any aches and pains try to relax the night before. Read a chapter of a book, listen to music or try some meditation to keep your mind and body relaxed. During the day remember to smile, it is easy to become swamped in a mixture of emotions but try to enjoy yourself and embrace your new work adventure!
Words: Georgia Knight
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