So, congratulations! You’ve got your foot in the door. All the weeks, perhaps months of hard work searching for the perfect role have paid off and you’ve finally conquered your Everest. You’ve landed a brand spanking new job. What now?
It can be really hard to imagine what those first few days and weeks are going to look like and the sweaty palmed mitts of nervousness can grab you when you least expect it. How do you get through those days without becoming overwhelmed or collapsing into a nervous wreck? Well, I can’t promise you you won’t but I can certainly give you a few pointers towards making that all important good impression.
Ok, not too much. You have to go into your first days with a can-do attitude and show off those all-important skills but letting the excitement and nerves build up can mean you end up burning out and don’t perform as well as you normally would. Spend your evenings wisely, taking a bath, reading and maybe doing a bit of yoga (if you’re into that kind of thing) rather than celebrating the new job at the pub.
Know your role.
This might seem like an obvious one as you’ve applied for and interviewed for the role but getting to grips with the company website, looking at peer testimonials and really thinking about their values can be really insightful and give you an idea of what they might expect from you. It’s also a really good idea to have a chat with your supervisor/manager in those first few days just to clarify all the important bits and pieces. For example, ask them to clearly lay out all your initial targets and have a conversation about how they are expected to change in the coming months as you develop and settle into your role.
Have confidence in your abilities.
“With confidence, you have won before you have started” – Marcus Garvey
The entire reason you are where you are is because you were chosen. You already have the skills in place to do the job and it simply takes a little experience and some good training to become an expert, so be confident and enjoy what you’re doing.
I cannot overestimate the importance of preparation and organisation. Being organised can make or break you in your sapling weeks in a new role. From the big things like reading and arranging training documents into folders all the way down to making sure you know what time bus you’ll be getting, it really pays to think ahead and get sorted.
It can be really tempting when you enter a new workplace, to completely re-invent yourself and try and put forward a flawless model of yourself. This is all well and good but in reality, you’ll often be around your workmates more than your own family so it’s really important to build meaningful relationships with colleagues. You have to remember you were hired not just because you have the tools to do the job, they took to your personality and thought you’d fit in. Plus, they’ll never really get to know you if you never show who you really are.
As I mentioned in point 4, building relationships with colleagues is key to settling in to a new job and this is an important part of that. Smiling not only portrays you as an open, friendly individual, studies have also suggested that it can be really good for your heart. So, keep that ticker ticking and flash those gnashers!