Hello everyone! You are probably all aware I started my new job this week; heaven knows I’m one of the most anxious people in the world, but I wanted to make a good impression. I was thinking about how I would tackle feeling anxious and thought I’d share what I came up with to battle first day nerves!
Make sure you’re prepared the night before
I thought this to be one of the more important points I came up with. Make sure you have chosen what you want to wear and have it ready, make your lunch and pack your bag before you go to bed. Plan your Journey to work to ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before they asked. This way, you are not adding to your nerves with a rushed and stressful morning.
Try not to overthink this; smart casual is normally the best bet, something like a blouse and a skirt. Don’t push yourself too far out of your comfort zone, for example if you don’t wear heels every day already, there’s no need to wear them for your first day. You will end up feeling self-conscious and more often than not it will show in your attitude. Wear something you know you will be comfortable in so you don’t have to worry about it!
Be Confident in yourself
You’ve already passed the first test at the interview and been offered the job, just tell yourself you are good enough and that you can succeed in the role. Self-confidence is the key to happiness.
Do your research
If you’re going to a brand new role, make sure you know what the company is about and the service they provide. If like me you are moving to another department, make sure you know what your role will be and the service the department provides as chances are what you know from your old role will not apply. On your first day you probably won’t actually be doing your job, but make sure you have thoroughly read the job description to understand what is expected of you. This also gives the opportunity to clarify anything you are not certain of with your new manager.
And Finally ….
Don’t stay quiet
Make sure you don’t stay quiet, introduce yourself to others around you and get to know how they fit into the department you’re working in. Make sure you smile and don’t appear to be shy. First impressions last, if you come across as quiet and shy it makes you less approachable to colleagues in the future. At lunchtime, try to socialise if you can instead of sitting in a corner eating your lunch alone.
I feel like focussing on these five things will help you to relax and keep calm. It is daunting going to a new place where everyone already knows each other, but just remember; YOU CAN DO IT!