WORKPLACE / MAY. 02, 2015
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Top 10 Tips to Get You Through Your First Day at Work

Starting a new job can be a thoroughly nerve-racking experience. You’ll meet a load of new people who you want to impress, you’ll have to learn a load of new things in a short period of time, and you’ll have to get used to a new way of working. So it’s OK to feel nervous – there’s a lot to contend with.

But with the help of these handy tips, hopefully, it won’t turn out to be such an ordeal:

See also: The Do’s and Don’ts of the First Day According to Mike and Moe

1. Handle your nerves

I know it’s easier said than done. Some nerves are fine, but if it turns into panic and anxiety, that’s not good for you or anybody else. So, try some calming techniques the night before or on the morning of your first day to clear your mind and relax.

2. Prep the night before

The last thing you want when you’re feeling nervous is extra stress and pressure. So, get everything ready that you’ll need for the first day the night before to avoid having to rush around in the morning.

3. Plan your journey

You’ve probably been to your new place of work before but not during the early morning rush hour madness. So, take a look at timetables for public transport or bear in mind the amount of time it will take you to get there adding traffic into the mix.

4. Bring the necessary documents with you

You’ll most probably need to bring in a form of ID along with your P45 on your first day. Find out beforehand what the employer needs from you to make sure the transition into your new job goes smoothly.

5. Make a good first impression

All of the above will contribute to your making a good first impression. Simple things such as being organised and giving yourself plenty of time to get there can really help. Don’t give anybody the chance to misjudge you because of silly errors.

6. Listen well during training

Training can be a bit boring at times, especially the part where they run through company policies and procedures that probably won’t affect your day-to-day work. But try not to doze off; this kind of stuff is important. If it wasn’t, they wouldn’t bother telling you about it.

7. Get to know your colleagues

Introduce yourself to as many of your new co-workers as possible, even if you’re feeling a bit shy. Hopefully, you’ll spend a long time working alongside these people so you’ll need to get on with them.

8. Get lunch recommendations

You could waste half of your lunch hour wandering around looking for a place to get a sandwich. So, if you’re not familiar with the area, get some tips from your new workmates; they might even want to join you!

9. Ask lots of questions

Believe it or not, bosses generally prefer it if you ask lots of (relevant) questions. They’d rather you ask questions now and not mess up later.

10. Enjoy it!

Channel your nerves into excitement. This is the beginning of a brand new experience for you, which is great because variety is the spice of life. So have some fun while you’re getting to grips with the new stuff.

See also: Monkey Business: How to Avoid Mistakes on Your First Day

Lastly, don’t worry too much if anything goes awry or you feel a little overwhelmed, because it’s only natural. Your new colleagues and manager will be understanding – it is your first day, after all!

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