It’s only natural to be nervous on the first day of a new job. To some extent, feeling nervous can be a good thing, however, first impressions are crucial so you also don’t want nerves getting in the way! Read on for some top tips on how to prepare for your first day in your new job.
There are some simple things you can do to ensure your first day is a success and that you arrive feeling confident and well prepared.
Researching your new job ahead of time will help prevent any last-minute jitters about where exactly you’re meant to be going or what time you need to be there. Get in touch with your manager a few days before your start date to confirm the details and test-run your commute in advance so you won’t be stressed on the day itself trying to find the building or somewhere to park your car.
It’s important to create a good first impression so pay attention to what you wear during your first week. Find out if your new workplace has a dress code. If not, wear something comfortable but smart that will make you feel confident when meeting new people.
Even if you’re working from home, dressing as you would for the office will help you get into ‘work mode’ so opt for a nice women’s top or blouse and trousers or a smart dress. This also means you won’t be caught out by any last-minute video calls or zoom meetings!
A little friendliness can go a long way in letting your new colleagues know that you’re happy to be joining the team. When you’re being shown around your new workplace and introduced to people, don’t forget to smile and ask questions. Try to remember people’s names when you’re introduced but if you do forget, don’t be afraid to ask them again – it’s only your first day so people will understand!
Having a plan will reduce your nerves and prevent you from making any faux pas on your first day. Ask in advance about breaks and lunches so you know what time to take yours and where to go. If you haven’t brought anything with you, then knowing about a nearby spot where you can grab a coffee or something to eat will mean you don’t go hungry.
Your first week in your new job will probably be a whirlwind of introductions, inductions, training and meetings, so practice a bit of extra self-care when you get home. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep and that you’re eating well and making time for activities you enjoy like spending time with friends or family or going to the gym. A little treat to reward you at the end of your first week doesn’t hurt either, so make a plan to do something fun at the weekend or buy yourself something nice – after all, you deserve it!
Feeling stressed about your first day is totally normal but creating a good first impression in a new job is critical. These steps will boost your confidence and help you start your new job on the right foot.