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How to Survive Your First Day on the Job

Your first day at a new job can be one of the most stressful. Sure, a new job is exciting, but it can also be incredibly nerve-wracking when you don’t know anyone and aren’t sure what the office culture is like, or what your job will entail. All of that combined with a shiny new workload.

So what can you do?

Ask Questions

Most problems that pop up early in a job are due to lack of communication. Maybe you assumed something worked the way it did at your last job, or your boss forgot to add you to an email list and you missed an important deadline.

Avoid these problems by asking questions. Don’t pester your co-workers needlessly, but do politely ask for help when needed. If they seem busy, send them an email asking if you can schedule a time to ask questions. The company is new to you—nobody expects you to know where everything is and how the company systems work on day one.

Prepare

It’s much easier to handle the stress of a new job when you’re ready for it. So start preparing the night before. Pack a lunch and pick out an outfit (make sure you know the dress code) before you hit the hay. If your job requires equipment or safety gear, prepare that ahead of time as well. That way you won’t be in a rush looking for a favorite pair of socks minutes before the workday begins. Think about packing a healthy snack too—you don’t want a growling stomach to annoy your coworkers.

Go to bed early. A healthy eight hours of sleep ensures that you’ll be bright and eager to work on day one. A good night’s sleep also makes it easier to get to work a few minutes before you’re scheduled to arrive. That can give you a bit of time to mentally prepare for the coming day.

Plan

You should already have a good idea of what the company is like after your initial research and interviews, but take a few hours before that first day to research even further. Make sure to at least know the basics of the products or services the company is selling. Bonus points if you can obtain an organizational chart for the department so that you know who the players are. If the chart has pictures, get started on memorizing those faces.

Make Friends

Imagine you’re back in first grade. What did Mom say when she handed you your lunchbox outside the classroom? “Make friends!” Or maybe “play nice!” That advice applies to your working life too.

After you’ve been given the tour and filled out any needed forms, seek out your coworkers. Introduce yourself, and get to know them. A new job can be much more manageable when there are work friends to support you when the workload gets tough.

Feeling proactive? You can also try to coordinate a pre-first day lunch or coffee meeting with the boss and the team. That can make breaking the ice on your first day much easier.

Ever had an anxious first day? How did you overcome your jitters? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Spring Forward…Into Your New Job

The start of Daylight Saving Time is here. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, one hour of daylight will be switched from morning to evening, which means our clocks will shift to one hour later until they switch back in November.

This annual time change signals the beginning of Spring, which means warmer weather and new growth. As nature prepares for the changing season, you can, too. If you have a new job on the horizon this Spring, it’s important to make sure your first impression is one you’re proud of, so take a look at the tips below to ensure you’re springing into your next job on a positive note.

The early bird gets noticed. Punctuality and good attendance are important when it comes to keeping your job and making a good impression, so start off on the right foot and get to the office on time and well-rested.

Dressing professionally is not just important to your interview. At your new job, dressing professionally is also essential. According to Desiree Devaney, a financial analyst with GE Capital Credit, “Dress how you want people to perceive you because it plays a huge role in how you are initially treated.”

Remember to stay positive. From day one to your last day, nothing works better in all situations than a positive attitude. When you start your new job, let your enthusiasm for being part of the team show your co-workers and supervisors that you’re going to be a positive addition to the group.

Asking questions will help you fit in quickly by eliminating confusion during your first few days on the job. It’s impossible to know everything, especially at a new job, so ask for help when you need it. Communication is important for any job, and it’s always a good idea to ask for clarification.

If you didn’t do your homework before the interview, now’s a great time. Take a few minutes before you start your new job to research the company and learn everything you can about the business.

Take initiative in the workplace. If a new project opens up or you notice your supervisor needs help with something, take action and offer your assistance. During the first few days at work, you may not have a full plate of tasks, which means it’s a great time to show that you’re a self-starter and willing to take on assignments instead of sitting around. Being proactive goes a long way in the workplace.

What tips do you have for starting a new job? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Nightmare on First Day: Tips for Avoiding a Horror Story

EntryLevelLifeButton_C After all the interviews are done and you’ve been offered a job, there’s only one big thing left for you to do –  show up for your first day on the job. Yikes! Does the thought of your first day on the job send chills down your spine and make you want to scream? What if you get lost? Will you know anyone there? What if you do something embarrassing and everyone laughs?

The first day on the job is not anything to dread. Really. But, remember even though you got the job, your first day on the job says a lot about you, so be sure to always put your best foot forward. To help you make your first day a success, here are a few situations you could face, and tips on how you can handle them to avoid a first-day nightmare.
 
What if no one told you where to go? Instead of getting nervous because you don’t know where to report when you get to the office, just show up. When you arrive – and it’s always a good idea to arrive about 10-15 minutes early – check in with the administrative assistant at the front desk. Let them know you’re new and tell them you want to let your manager know you’re there. They will usually call your manager, who may give you directions or come welcome you themselves.

What if you’re thrown into projects you don’t understand? Some people think the first day on the job is just spent meeting new people and touring the workplace. That’s not always the case. Some employers may toss projects at you shortly after you arrive because they want to see your reaction and how you work under pressure. Face the assignment head on. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something or you need more clarification about the project’s details. This shows initiative and is a good sign that you’ll ask for direction when you need it rather than struggling.

What if you don’t hit it off with your co-workers? Your manager may want you to meet with each employee to learn who they are and what they do, and share information about yourself. It’s important to understand that you will meet people in the workplace who have outlooks and beliefs that might differ from your own. But, remember to be professional if your views differ from theirs. The work environment is not the right place to debate who is right or wrong. Instead, focus on learning your job and listening to peers to get details on projects and how best to complete them.

What if things turn negative? No matter what conversations arise or what tone they take, don’t talk negatively about past internships, employers, or co-workers. This can hurt your career, especially since you’ll spend a lot of time in the office around your co-workers. Instead, keep an upbeat attitude, setting the tone for a professional reputation.

Following these simple tips will help you make the most of your first day and help you have a good start to your new career. First days can be scary, but they don’t have to be a nightmare.