We are in the same boat!
As I write this post I have just completed my first week at my new job. With my previous role being in a small firm of under 50 people to now a global company of over 50,000 employees; you can probably understand the pressure I feel to be ‘perfect’. Before you read any further, you should be aware that I am not an onboarding expert and this is merely from my previous and current experiences, and of course some reading I did prior to writing this article.
Congratulations! You should be very proud of yourself for getting to this next step in your career.
So there you have it, you’ve been given an opportunity and you don’t want to mess it up. You convinced your managers that you are great for the job and they should choose you above all of the other hundreds of applicants. Pressure is on! But is it? Yes it is!
Let’s talk a little bit about how I feel at the moment. In a nutshell, I want to prove myself, but I am also very anxious of what’s to come, what’s expected of me (I am doing a sales job and have high targets), I want to deliver on my promises and so should you. But I worry that I am not understanding the products and the market quick enough. But please don’t do that, it’s just a start.
Your first day will set the tone for the rest of your time in your new firm. No wonder it is always so nerve racking for most people, including myself.
So without going into too much detail, as I don’t want to sound patronising, let’s look at some of the top tips on how to successfully approach your first day at work:
Be on time!
You do not want to run into the office sweating because you are late. We both know that will be a horrible way to set the tone for the rest of your time there. So do wake up early, set an alarm (and don’t press snooze), prepare everything you need to bring with you the night before (most companies will ask for passports, IDs etc). Another tip I read on ‘Business Insider‘ is to travel to your new workplace at different times prior to your start day. That should help you get a good idea of timings.
By that I mean ‘be your BEST SELF’! Most of us can be ourselves mostly around people we are most comfortable with, such as friends and family. Let’s face it, your new colleagues probably don’t want to know how much you dislike Donald Trump on the first day (try to never get into political conversations at work anyway, I strongly advise against it, but who am I?!) Or you don’t want to go out for a drink and end up completely ‘smashed’ because ‘that’s you’. However, don’t force a personality that isn’t yours just to be liked or over compliment people. Be professional, polite, ask questions, dress well, have genuine interest in your colleagues jobs (what they did before, how long they’ve been in the company, what do they enjoy most etc) and you’ll be fine.
Smile! Smile! Smile!
Identify strong members of the team and those that have been with the company for the longest time and stick to them like glue (not literally of course). You want to befriend the right people who will assist you in achieving the expectations your managers have. Staying close to the best people is always a plus.
If you have no questions, then what can I say…? That’s not a good sign. Ensure you have gone through various brochures or company websites and so on, this is in order to start forming a good understanding of the role and what it is that is required of you? How do you perform well at your role? In that way you can identify many areas in which you may require clarification. That shows your managers and your colleagues that you are eager to learn…and it helps you to learn. So it’s a win-win situation.
If you found this useful then give it a thumbs up and share, but since I am also starting a new role, why not drop me a few comments and give some tips you may have. Best of luck guys