5 ways to prepare for your first day at work
Congratulations on your new job! Although the anxiety and nerves that accompany you on the first day are inevitable -- the good news is that with the right preparation you will be able to navigate it like a pro.
Getting off to a good start at the new company is important, so don’t leave anything up to chance. Once you have signed the contract, it’s time to look ahead. Below are a few pointers that will make the beginning of this new chapter in your career as smooth as possible.
Settle the details
Get in touch with your superior or manager and introduce yourself formally (if you haven’t yet during the interview process). More importantly, make sure all the paperwork is signed (do you need a medical check?) and get as many details about your first day as possible. When will you start? will you need an access card to the office? what is the official dress code?
It might not seem so important to you now, but knowing these small details will prevent any uncomfortable surprises. The last thing you want to do is explain why you are late on ‘day one’.
List all you questions
Review the job description in all detail and identify things that arel unclear as well as other work-related questions. Although you shouldn’t expect to get answers to all of them, a list of questions will come handy on your first day.
Being introduced to the company’s procedures, culture and inner workings in one day, you’re likely to feel overwhelmed at some point. Take notes on everything on your first few days, so you can review the information if needed.
Prepare some small talk
This might seem redundant if you are a naturally outgoing person. However, because you don’t really know your new colleagues yet, it’s a good idea to think of a few easy topics that you and other people are comfortable talking about. It will help you to get know your new colleagues better.
A note of caution -- avoid discussing personal matters such as relationship problems and ex bosses on your first day. Remember that first impressions stick!
Define your goals
Although you haven’t done a single thing yet, you should think about your future at the new company. Why do you really want to work at this company? What do you want to learn? What’s your future internally? Reminding yourself of the answers to these hard interview questions will not only make you more motivated, but will also give you more focus.
Take some rest
It might not be up to you, but ideally you should take some time off between jobs. Whether it is to relax at home or go away on a holiday, it can do wonder for your energy and outlook. A quick break will help you to unload and reflect -- and that’s never a bad thing.