Congratulations! You just survived rounds of interviews and painstaking periods of waiting to finally land your new job. But, now what?
Starting a new job can be both exciting and nerve racking. There is the joy of exploring a new environment with a learning curve and work demands you may have never experienced before.
In order to survive your first day on the job and make a great impression on your boss and peers, here’s are 5 tips to help you out.
TIP 1: DEVELOP A MORNING ROUTINE
When you start your new job you have to quickly adapt to your work schedule, daily commute, and workplace culture. To keep yourself at the peak of your performance, creating a morning routine will help you jump out of bed in the morning and elevate your mood to where you need it to be.
One of the best ways to start the day is to get the blood flowing in your body. Keep it simple, go for a light jog around the block or do a few push-ups in your room. After that, be sure to have a yummy breakfast to get that boost of energy which can be made in seconds if you make a healthy smoothie.
Do this to keep your happiness levels high and your attitude shard at your new job.
TIP 2: DRESS FOR THE JOB AND HAVE THE RIGHT GEAR
Most workplaces have a dress code but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be uncomfortable with what you wear. Wear clothing that suits your style while adhering to the policies at your job.
Make sure you have the right gear for the job. For example, as a nurse, since I’m on my feet all the time, getting the right foot wear will make the difference between a great day and a day you’ll wish would end after the first hour has passed. Here are some of the best rated shoes for nurses to look at or if you’re a male nurse here are some good options for you.
TIP 3: ARRIVE EARILY(ISH)
Getting to your job at the right time will have a direct effect on your state of mind. If you arrive to too early, you’ll be waiting around and lingering which is not something your should do. However, if you show up just a few minutes before your shift, you’re going to be in a rush to get yourself organized and started on your shift. Try to arrive around 15 minutes before the time you’re expected to start.
TIP 4: GET TO KNOW YOUR COLLEAGUES
Since you’re new to the job, start things off by getting to know everyone you’re working with. Kick things off by making a good impression and have a few conversation starters to break the ice and ease that tension. If you are invited to lunch on the first day, go out with your team or even your boss but be sure to have a few stories and anecdotes pocketed away to keep the conversations light but exciting.
TIP 5: EMBRACE YOUR NEW WORLD
There is a lot of change coming to your life right now and it’s going to take some time to adapt. Keep an open mind and embrace the world you’ve worked so hard to get into. Relax, smile, and enjoy your new job!