Ahhh… the complex working world, filled with hope, optimism, advancement, and stress!! Yes… Stress! Starting a new job can be a stressful process, but here are some things you can do to keep your nerves calm. Here we go!!
•Plan your first day ahead of time. The better prepared you are for your first day, the more confident and at ease you will feel. Get to bed earlier than usual for a good nights sleep, have your outfit and anything else you will need prepared the night before, set your alarm clock (and test it to make sure it works!), plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early (this gives you a chance to try and meet some of your future co-workers and make some friends). Feeling and being prepared can lighten the load of stress on your day.
•Remember, you may bring your experience with you, but your way of doing things may change with a new job. Experience is key to performing your job, but be open to the fact that perhaps the new company has there own way of doing things… things you may have to learn yourself. Be adaptable and by all means, don’t compare your previous methods to your new jobs methods; specifically, in front of your new co-workers!
•Don’t expect to get everything your first day, just do the best you can! Although we may be eager to do the job efficiently and right the first time, it is not helpful to put this kind of pressure on yourself your first day. You have enough to worry about, like getting acclimated to your working environment, learning new skills or methodology and getting to know key fellow co-workers. Remember that your employer and other employees will most likely give you leeway because they recognize it is your first day too, so don’t sweat it!!
•Make yourself at home! Besides your home, your job is the place you will probably spend most of your time. I am sure you had some personal touches added to your previous job. Make sure to add them to your new workspace as well. Family photos, awards, personal rolodex, and all of your special trinkets will help you to feel connected and secure, in an otherwise (at first) strange environment. Get to know your area, and set up as best as you can; another great reason why showing up early has its advantages.
Overall; Make your first day your “get to know the job” day. Do not put added pressure to an already busy day, and set yourself up ahead of time for an easier and less stressful first day. Oh… did I mention bringing in coffee and donuts to the job may be an awesome ice breaker as well? Just don’t make it a habit; it can become an expected and expensive one!