searched far and wide for your job
, wrote the
, aced your interview, and landed your
. That’s the worst over, but starting a new job at any time of life is a nerve wrecking thing. It’s super exciting, but it’s paired with the normal anxious feelings.
You’re going to meet new colleagues and want to make a great impression. You’re learning a lot of new things, and want to make sure you make the most of your new start. Read on to learn what you can do to make your first week starting a new job a big success.
It might have been a while since your interview and when you start your new job. Do some research and learn more about the ins and outs of your new employer. Read up about the company, learn a bit about the history. Mainly you’ll get a feel for the working environment you’re joining and the most appropriate attire to wear.
If you’re commuting to a new place, it’s worth while giving it a practice run. Figure out how long it’ll take to get you to work to make sure you won’t be late. It might sound silly, but will totally calm your nerves for the big day. If you don’t manage to test your journey in, just make sure you give yourself plenty of time. It’s better to be early than late, but if you’re way too early, grab a coffee before somewhere close before going in.
Double check times you’re expected to arrive on your first day. You don’t want to risk the embarrassment of messing that one up. While you’re asking what’s expected, check what you need to bring on your first day of work. You never know what your new employer might expect you to bring along. Think pens, notebooks, laptops, diary. You never know what’s expected, so you may as well double check.
We know, it’s a given, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t make it to work on time during their first week. Particularly in your first week you want to make the best impression, so being late to work is such a red flag for your new employer. Get in at least 15 minutes early. Giving yourself a good amount of time to get to your new job, saves you from any travel delays or disasters. It’s always better to be earlier than late. If you’re 30 mins or earlier, you can easily grab a coffee somewhere handy beforehand.
Your new boss will likely introduce you to your new team before you start. But if they don’t get round it at the start of the day, find the right time to take the initiative and introduce yourself. Whether they are on your team or you bump into people from another team in the workplace, you’ll want to get to know people rather than shy away from them. Struggling to find the right time to start a conversation? Ask people if they want a drink when you top yours up, it's an easy way in the good books!
When you’re introduced to new people, a great way of remembering a person’s name is by repeating it back to them in conversation or when you finish up the chat. If you don’t trust yourself, it’s not a bad idea to make a quick note in the back of your notebook about their name, which department they were in.
When you’re new on the job, it’s the time to get to know all the ins and outs of your job and what’s involved. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’ll let you feel more comfortable in your new role much faster, and you’ll get to know your colleagues pretty quick that way. It’ll also help you come across as engaged, capable, confident, and driven to excel in your new role.
When you first start, your new colleagues might be going for lunch somewhere. We know you want to save your newly earnt money, but it’s a really valuable opportunity to get to know your new colleagues in a social environment.
Hey, don’t worry. It really is totally normal to feel nervous at a new job. Just remember, they already like you. If your employer didn’t believe you were the right person to join their team, they wouldn’t have chosen you. It’s not just your talent or your CV that won you the job, they would have also hired you because you were the right personality fit to become part of the team. Want to earn even more money than your day job? There's loads of other ways you make money, have a look through our
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