Nervous trepidation are two words which accurately describe your state of mind as you approach your first day in a new job. You will worry about how you will be regarded by your new colleagues and whether or not you make a good first impression. Remember that you do not get a second chance to make a good first impression.
So, what can you do to ensure your first day passes off smoothly?
1.Review and Revise
You should review, revise and re-familiarise yourself with your job spec. You should also review the research you conducted on your new employer and further research could be a good idea in order to ensure you are fully prepared for your first day in a new job. This should also quell any first day jitters.
2.Visit the Dry-Cleaners
Ensure what you wear on your first day is not only comfortable but fully dry cleaned. You do not want your colleagues pigeonholing you as an untidy, dishevelled and probably unorganised individual from their first impressions.
Whatever time you are asked to commence work at, it is good practice to arrive, at least fifteen minutes early on your first day.
4.Smile, Smile, Smile
Introduce yourself to as many of your new colleagues as possible and don’t forget to smile, as this is a great icebreaker.
5.Prepare Goals and Task Lists
Rather than appearing like a headless chicken start as you mean to continue by starting to set goals and task lists. For your first week there may be an on-boarding process, but you still should set personal goals in regards what you want to learn and understand at the end of each day. Rome was not built in a day, but this structured approach should help you transition seamlessly into your new role.
It is only natural to fear and be nervous of the unknown. However, with careful preparation, you will not only give a great first impression to your new colleagues but will be able to counteract that nervous trepidation that comes naturally with commencing a new role.