There’s nothing more exciting than getting that call or email with a hiring manager offering you a job. You did it! However, after celebrating and telling everyone you know about your new career opportunity, a new sense of worry appears. Now what? Starting a new job is exciting, but it can be scary too! You’re taking a risk with your career and more importantly, you want to make a great first impression. Read our guide on starting a new job.
Before your first day, it’s important to take a few moments to relax and think about what’s next. Don’t sweat it though, there’s a reason why they hired you after all! But… it doesn’t hurt to do some homework before the big day to really knock their socks off. Get ready for your new job by trying out the following tips:
1. Be prepared.
Do you remember how much you researched a company before your first interview? It doesn’t hurt to do that again before your first day. Dive into the company website to learn everything you can about the place. You can never be too prepared and any extra information can come in handy when you begin to learn all about your responsibilities.
2. Have a positive attitude.
Being the new person at work can make anyone nervous. That’s why it’s important to stay positive as soon as you start. Don’t be overwhelmed on the new faces blurring together or all the information you’re taking in. Stay confident and take everything in with a big smile. Just remind yourself that you deserve this amazing accomplishment!
3. Pay attention to the work culture.
Every office you work for will be different and understanding your new company’s culture isn’t an easy task. Look around to see how your colleagues interact with their daily tasks. Do they talk to each other in person or do they prefer to ask questions on Slack? You’ll start picking up the usual habits and it’s best to see what works better for you. You don’t have to be a robot following their every move. Instead, focus on what you can do to fit in while still feeling like yourself.
4. Take notes.
The most important thing you can bring to your first day of work is a notebook. And it’s even more important to carry that notebook along with you all day as you take in your new job. It doesn’t hurt to write down the most simple details because sometimes those moments can slip out of your mind when you’re repeating the same task later that day.
5. Figure out your routine.
This last tip might take a few days or weeks to figure out. Everyone works at their own pace and it takes time to find a groove that will make you feel super confident on the job. Following a schedule might help you get closer to that goal. It also leaves room for you to grow more in your position while feeling like you accomplished a lot during the daily grind.
What other tips do YOU have to share about starting a new job? Share your advice in the comments below!
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Author: Katina Beniaris
Born in Chicago, Katina has always been drawn to cities. She spent her college years in the heart of Chicago studying journalism and she travels to various cities every year for new experiences. When she’s not blogging, you can find her catching up on the latest pop culture sensation on Netflix.