First, congratulations on getting that job! It’s a big deal to start your first “real” job. Unfortunately, it sounds like excitement is being overshadowed by nerves.
What is it that you are nervous about? The more clear you are on just what it is that is causing your nerves, the better you’ll be able to address it.
Some common concerns when starting a new job include feeling overwhelmed by the idea of walking into a brand new environment and not knowing what to expect, feeling shy about meeting all kinds of people (perhaps including suit-wearing and/or other ‘important’ people), and sometimes worrying that maybe you won’t be good enough at the job.
Regardless of what it is specifically causing your worries, here are a few things you can do to make starting your first day easier.
Rest and food
Seems a bit overly simple, but sometimes the simple things are very important. Getting a good sleep the night before your first day and feeding yourself more than caffeine that morning can help your physical self keep your emotional self feeling stronger and more relaxed.
|Equip yourself for success by packing a complete healthy lunch and a number of snacks. You need energy to engage with you new team!|
Remember: they hired you for a reason
Hiring decisions are rarely taken lightly. If you’ve been offered this job, the organization must feel convinced that you are up for it (even if you yourself may be worried). If you are nervous about whether you can do this, remind yourself that you probably would not have been hired if you didn’t display the skills and qualities that are needed.
|If it helps, take a look at your cover letter and resume, or reflect on the interview that got you the job. Remind yourself of the skills you have to offer!|
Assess your expectations for yourself
Yes, the first day is important, but too much emphasis can be placed on first impressions. Your first day is usually a day of easing you into your new role. Usually, there will be introductions, orientations, tours and some explanation of your job. You don’t have to go sprinting out of the starting gate and impress everyone in your first eight hours there. You can spend the day with a smile on your face and listening, learning, and trying to remember everyone’s name (a note pad might help!).
|You’re new. Remember: asking great questions and showing enthusiasm is more important than trying to wow everyone.|
If you get worried, or nervous, or confused, do ask questions. You are new and you are not expected to know everything.
Worrying about that first day may be a bit nerve-wracking, but if you try to relax and take the pressure off yourself, you can focus on learning and enjoying. Best wishes as you start your new job!
|Set up regular dates to review your performance with a manager or supervisor and look for ways to improve.|