Congrats on your new job! You got an offer and your first day on the job is coming up! Now what? In addition to knowing what will happen on day one, we have also assembled a few ideas to help boost your confidence and adjust your mindset for starting a new job. When you’re mentally prepared for your first day on the job, you’ll be more relaxed and ready to learn how things are done at your new employer.
First of all, relax! You got the job because the company wanted you on their team, so you can take a deep breath and let it out. In fact, do that right now—take a deep breath in and slowly let it out. Now, get ready to leverage your strengths and work hard as you begin this new job or career, and be mindful of things you might need help with along the way. When you feel relaxed and take things as they come, you will send out confidence vibes that will make your day go better.
When you arrive and begin your first day, be ready to pay attention to everything. Because your first few weeks will be full of important information, you will likely want to take notes in meetings, and you may even want to write down names of coworkers if that helps you. People are pretty forgiving on remembering their name, but the sooner you get to know your team, the more comfortable everyone will become. Don’t be afraid to jot down questions and ask for clarification. The answer might be sitting in the cubicle next to you.
Some call it friendly, others call it open or gracious—whatever you call it, a little positivity is in order when it comes to your attitude. When you meet your new coworkers at your new job, greet them with a smile and handshake. Accept invitations to lunch and other social activities so you can become more familiar with your fellow team members.
On your first day of a new job, or even the first few weeks, it can be overwhelming. But with a positive, attentive mindset, you can be yourself, learn a lot, and begin establishing work relationships. Take some time to mentally prepare for your new job, and your days will be productive as you settle into the position you earned on the team.