Heck yeah! You rocked the interview and now you’ve landed the job of your dreams. Okay, maybe it’s not the job of your dreams, but still, experience is still experience and starting a new job is still exciting…
And also nerve wracking.
I know, because this Monday I started a new job. That’s right for those of you who follow! I dressed my best and avoided looking too young and now I’m making some much needed money. Oh paychecks, how I’ve missed you.
Anyways, I’ve been the new kid on the block many times and these are my first day on the job survival tips:
1. It’s okay to be nervous.
Okay, let’s take a deep breath. Feel better? New jobs are very nerve wracking because we want to do a good job, impress people, and fit in. Not only are we learning a new position, but we’re learning the functions of the company, and meeting so many new people. How are we supposed to keep track of it all? But keep taking those deep breaths and you’ll power through the first day just fine. Everyone is nervous on their first day and as long as your company is understanding, they’ll know that and won’t hold it against you.
2. It’s okay to make mistakes.
Hold on, I need to say that again for the perfectionists out there (including myself). It’s okay to make mistakes! Again, you’re new. You’re not going to be perfect right off the bat. If you make a mistake, own up to it and ask how to fix it. As long as you’re humble about it, your trainer is not going to hold it against you or rethink hiring you.
3. Ask lots of questions
More than likely, you’ll only know what Google tells you about this company. But working on the inside, you get much more in depth about what goes on. My point is, you have a lot to learn–about the position, but also about the company and possibly who runs it. So ask lots of questions. One, you’ll learn a lot faster and, two, it shows you’re taking interest in learning as much as you can and your desire to succeed at your job. Your employers want to feel like you want this job because you see it as an opportunity to excel and learn, not because you need some cash. Even if that is true.
4. Bring a notebook.
I have to admit, I forgot to do this my first AND second day. I had my notebook ready, placed right next to my purse, but in my anxiety about starting, I left it at home.
A notebook is so important to bring because you’re going to be taking in a lot of information. You’re not going to remember it all and writing it down reinforces some tasks and aids in memorizing how to handle your responsibilities. As a bonus, it also shows you’re desire to learn as fast as possible.
5. Eat your lunch there for a little while.
While it may be tempting to eat out, eating lunch at the office can alleviate some anxiety about figuring out what’s close and making it back to work on time. Even if this doesn’t make you anxious, eating there is a great way to meet and get to know new people as they come and go from the break room. Once you get settled in, then you can deviate a bit.
I hope these survival tips aid you on your first day. The first work day is always overwhelming, but it gets easier as time goes on. One day you’ll be efficient and won’t make as many mistakes, but for the mean time, take a deep breath and learn as much as you can.
I’ll see you next Wednesday!