So you’ve bagged yourself a brand spanking new office job? Congratulations. But now that the pre-interview nerves have subsided, we can take an educated guess that first day anxiety has already started to set in.
It happens to the best of us, and it’s certainly no reflection of how good you are or how your first day is going to go.
Every company has its own unique culture, and finding your feet in a new role involves being a part of this. Walking in on your first day may be a little daunting, but we can guarantee that by the end of the first week, you’ll wonder what on earth you were so worried about.
To make your exciting new start as smooth as possible, we’ve put together a few top tips for you to follow. They’ve worked for us and for many of our candidates; and they can work for you too:
Take some time out
If you’ve got enough holidays left, or you can negotiate your start date, try to take a week off between jobs. This will give you time to switch off from one role and to start your next challenge with a clear head.
Do your research
Researching your new company can be an enormous help in making you feel a little bit less like a newbie. But go beyond their website alone and try to find out their past achievements, who works there, and what their reputation is like across the rest of the industry. Thanks to the wonders of Google, it’s pretty easy to find all of this out and more.
Get to know your colleagues
It can be a good idea to visit your new workplace during your lunch hour to make a good impression before your first day. And it’ll settle your nerves no end if you’re not walking into a room full of strangers on day one.
Dress the part
Make sure that you ask about the office dress code during your interview. And if it’s casual, err on the side of caution — at least during your first week, or until you’ve really got a feel for the place.
Be who you want to be
A new job means a new start; so if you picked up any bad habits during your last role — such as running five minutes late everyday or not always responding to your emails — use this opportunity to reinvent yourself as the model employee. It’s how people improve and progress, after all.
Use your powers of connection
Social media is where it’s at, and it’s more than likely that your new company will be all over it. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook if they have a profile or a page, and consider connecting with some of your colleagues via LinkedIn to break down a few barriers.
Find a mentor
It’s always good to have someone to learn from, so why not ask your boss to recommend someone other than your line manager that can tell you all about the company, along with any other important nuggets of information that you wouldn’t find on the web.
Ask for help
When you start a new job, no one expects you to know exactly what you’re doing from day one. Your colleagues are likely to be impressed by your eagerness, and it gives you the perfect excuse to start a conversation with them.
It’s always going to take a bit of time to integrate, so don’t worry if you haven’t got the hang of everything in the first few days. You’ll find your feet, and you’ll forge relationships along the way; so try to enjoy yourself and the rest will follow.
To speak to any of our understanding consultants about your first day nerves, get in touch today.