Starting a new job – overcoming the first day fear
The first day of a new job can be a overwhelming experience. A number of fears and questions run through your mind;
Will they like me?
Will I like them?
Am I up to the job?
Have I done the right thing?
Apprehension is of course normal, but we are here to offer some tips on overcoming those first day fears.
No one will talk to me!
You have just entered the building to your new job, you are unsure on where to go or what to do next, it is important that you stay calm. Your new colleagues will be expecting you and will be happy to help show you around. It is important to remember that you are not alone, every single other employee was once a new start like you and felt those exact same nerves. No one will ignore you and you will find that most people will of course they happy to help and many will have a chat with you to introduce themselves and find out a little more about you.
I won’t be able to remember everyone’s name and what they do, they will think I am not up to the task.
You are bound to be given an office tour and be introduced to lots of new people, you will not be expected to remember everyone’s name and do not be embarrassed if you have to ask for reminders. In your first weeks you will forget names and what people do, people will understand this. Try to remember the people immediately important to your job first. Another helpful tip is to map the office out. Keep a note of people’s names, their role and where they sit in the office and you will remember everyone in no time.
I will just be left to get on with it
Your entire first week will likely be about learning the ropes and you are highly unlikely to be just left to do anything. To help alleviate this fear when you meet your line manager get them to detail what is expected of you and when.
What should I wear?
If possible try to find out the dress code of the workplace before your first day and stick to it. You should always try to be neat and tidy even if the workplace adopts a casual clothing policy. You should always be clean and presentable on the first day, many employers take photographs on this day for ID badges etc and you don’t want the picture to haunt you for the rest of your career there.
If you are not given a dress code prior to your first day, err on the side of caution, you should always wear a suit/professional wear as its better to arrive over-dressed than under dressed.
Above all it is important to remember that your first day will be over before you know it and you it won’t be long before you will be helping someone else settle into their first day.