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It’s only natural that you experience nerves on your first day in a new job but that does not mean that you should just face it head on. Let us guide and help you through it.
Most people experience a certain level of anxiety before going into a new office, however, by taking some time before the first day you can counter these feelings and make a great first impression on your new colleagues.
It’s a cliché but ‘fail to prepare means prepare to fail’ has come into common use because it is true. If you prepare well ahead of the day, then not only will the act of preparation go some way to take your mind off the first day by diverting your attention onto other matters but, it will mean that you won’t be rushing around on the morning of the new job.
Consider what you’ll need for your first day at the new job. Will you need to bring certain HR documents? Make sure that you get a good night’s sleep the night before and set an alarm to wake you with plenty of time to get to the office.
Another good idea would be to review the information that you will have been sent about the role and / or the company. It’s important that you familiarise yourself about what to expect in the role and the company. It may have been a number of weeks since your interview before you start in the new role. Therefore, taking some time to review this documentation is very important.
While a certain level of nerves can be a positive boost to your mindset and only to be expected, you should also make some allowances. Don’t be too hard on yourself. No one is expecting you to remember everyone’s name and to jump straight into all of your tasks. Try to remember the name of your immediate co-workers and aim to get at one of your tasks completed on your first day.
The chances are that you will be meeting a lot of new people in your first few days in the new role and therefore it might be a good idea to prepare and memorise a brief personal introduction that you can rely on. This way you can come across as confident as you introduce yourself to new colleagues.
It’s very likely that in your first few days you’ll be overloaded with lots of information about the company and your role. This is to be expected but you must make sure that you ask about anything that you’re unsure about. Have a notebook to hand and make sure that you take plenty of notes.
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