The first day of any new job is an incredibly nerve-racking experience. It’s normal to feel anxious and eager to impress, so take comfort in the fact that everyone in your new workplace will have been through this at some point.
Whether you like it or not, first impressions do count. Luckily, there are things you can do to improve the way you are perceived. Find out what the dress code is and wear something that will make you feel confident. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive and get there slightly early if you can. Above all, smile and be friendly to everyone you meet!
Your new manager will most likely give you a tour of your new workplace and introduce you to your colleagues. Don’t get stressed if you can’t remember everyone’s names and job titles, this is normal. You won’t be expected to take in everything on your first day, as it can be quite overwhelming. Just be sure to make a mental note of where you can find the toilets, kitchen and water fountain.
Most employers will have an induction process that they go through with all of their new hires. This will usually give you an overview of the company policy, structure and aims. You may need to provide a form of ID to complete induction paperwork, so it’s a good idea to bring in your passport and/or national insurance card.
Until you suss out the food situation, it doesn’t hurt to bring in your own lunch for your first day. This way you’ll have something comforting and familiar to look forward to. If you can, eat your lunch with your colleagues. It can be a great way to get to know more about your new workplace, and more importantly, to make friends.
To help you settle in and to give you an idea of what you will be doing, you may be given the opportunity to job shadow another member of your department. Pay attention to what they have to say and ask as many questions as you can; this is your chance to familiarise yourself with your new job.
Once you get to the end of your first day you’ll wonder what you were ever worried about in the first place! With a bit of help from your co-workers, you’ll feel right at home in no time.