First day nerves in a new job are always there but in fact, being nervous can be a good thing. Michael Jordan said, ‘Being nervous isn’t bad, it just means something important is happening’.
So how do you ensure this important new stage of your career goes as smoothly as possible?
Here are a few tips to help make sure you are fully prepared for a great first day in your new job:
1. Make sure you are well rested and get up in plenty of time
Ensure you get to bed early and have a good nights sleep the night before. Set your alarm early (no snooze button!) and have a nice healthy breakfast to set you up for the day.
2. Dress appropriately
Ensure you are aware of the dress code in your new job and make sure that you fit in. If you don’t know the dress code, get in touch with your contact at the organisation and discuss the appropriate attire. If you cannot find this out, check out the organisation’s website and see what employees wear. Ensure that you try out your outfit the day before, making sure that it is clean and ironed and that your shoes are clean and polished.
3. Know your route
Plan your journey and do a trial run at the appropriate time prior to starting. Have a back up route in case of road closures, rail delays or unexpected diversions. Also make sure you have enough petrol in your car or that you have purchased your train or bus ticket before the big day.
4. Domestic support
Make sure that all your family and friends know the date you are starting so that they do not arrange social events which may impinge on your big day. You do not want to be starting a new job having had a major social event the day before or on that day.
Go back over all the research you have done on your new employer prior to interview to ensure that you will have plenty to talk to your new colleagues and boss about. Use LinkedIn to find out more about the team you will be working with. You may have areas in common which can act as ice breakers.
6. Bring relevant information
As a new employee on your first day you will probably undertake a HR induction whereby you will probably have to bring your passport, NI number, proof of eligibility to work, degree and professional certificates. Make sure you have completed any relevant company forms which need to be signed and returned. Check these the day before to make sure you have everything required. Bring a notepad and pen, and also bring a snack and phone (make sure you switch it off or put it on silent).
7. Have an open mind
First days can be daunting as they can sometimes put us in to the ‘consciously incompetent’ mode. We are in a new environment with potentially a new role and responsibilities. Give yourself time to settle in and know that in a few weeks you will be back to feeling ‘unconsciously competent’, knowing everything you need to know.
8. Have a social lunch
Scope out the area before your first day to see if there are any cafes or places to get lunch. Your new colleagues may take you out to lunch or you could ask them out to lunch. This is a good way to get to know everyone.
Get to work early on your first day and find somewhere you can have a coffee, and sit and relax. Give yourself a pat on the back for securing a new job and beginning an exciting new chapter.
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