This past week was my first week at a new job and let me tell you – starting a new job is not easy! You get those first day nerves, you have everything packed the night before and you go in with a nervous feeling in your stomach as you wonder if you will fit in, if you will make friends and if you will be able to find your way around. Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking, but it is also a very exciting time! With every new beginning, comes great adventure… at least that’s what I like to think!
Since this week was my first week at a new job, I thought I’d share with you some of my handy tips on How To: Survive Your First Week of Work!
~ Prepare the Essentials the Night Before
This is something I tend to do not only before my first day of work, but every single night! I hate rushing around in the morning picking out my outfit, prepping my lunch and getting my bag together. Having all of these things done the night before will help put your mind at ease and it will help you have a better night’s sleep and an easier morning!
~ Get a Good Night’s Rest
Before your first day of work, be sure to get enough sleep! There’s nothing worse than arriving tired and late on your first day! Getting a good night’s rest is extremely important, not only during your first week, but every single day – give your body the rest it needs!
~ Dress to Impress
I think it is super important to dress to impress because your new colleagues are meeting you for the first time and you want to make a good first impression! Make sure your shoes are clean, your hair is nice and tidy, your makeup looks natural and your clothes are clean and ironed! It is always a good idea to dress smart on your first day and then you can gauge the dress code and adapt later on.
~ Arrive Early
Try to arrive at least 10 minutes before your shift starts. I think this is a great way to make a good impression – it shows you are punctual and ready to work!
~ Introduce Yourself
You will be introduced to fellow colleagues, however, you may not get around to everyone if they are not working that day or if you work in different areas, so take the initiative and say hello when you see new faces! This will make a good impression, you will give yourself the chance to get to know others and you will learn everyone’s roles which may help you fit in.
~ Ask Questions
This is a must! While you may be familiar with certain things, you may not know everything when you start and you will probably be expected to pick up things quickly. The best way to do this is to ask questions, observe and try it yourself. By asking questions, it will show you are keen and enthusiastic to learn and this will again, make a good impression! Just be honest – if you are struggling with something, let them know!
~ Lend a Hand
Ask how you can help out, even if it’s beyond your job description. Always ask if there’s anything you can do – it never hurts to help others and it’s also a very important quality in a highly valued employee!
~ Smile and Have Fun
While things may seem overwhelming right now, you will soon get the hang of it and it will get easier. Remember that it is impossible to learn everything in one day, and sometimes not even in a week! Don’t be too hard on yourself and try to enjoy the learning curve. Starting a new job is the beginning of an exciting chapter in your life where you will meet amazing people, learn new things and gain confidence and skills. Keep that smile on your face and let everyone know you are there to stay!
What are some of your tips for surviving your first week of work?