Your first day on the job will either be the most memorable or stressful day. The pressure to impress everyone is highest, and it is very easy to make mistakes. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your anxiety on your first day at work.
Dress to make a good impression. Don’t overdress, and keep the company’s dress cloth. We recommend that you determine the dress code in advance so you aren’t out of place. Or, call HR in advance and ask. Click here to check out some workplace clothing and accessories.
You don’t want to be late on your first day at work. If you have not tried commuting before, try it a couple of times, especially during rush hour to prepare yourself for the unknown. Arrive at least 15 minutes early but wait until the appointed time before you enter the building.
Relax and Play the Part
A relaxed demeanor will endear others to you. For this to happen, you must rest the previous day and prepare. You can even prepare a short 30 seconds elevator pitch in advance that will explain who you are and what you did before coming to the company.
Smile for Introduction
Smile and be happy. Genuinely enjoy the moment and try to make a good first impression. When you introduce yourself, show how happy and eager you are to be part of the team, and your co-workers will have a good thing to remember from your encounter.
Don’t Be Shy
Although this is easier said than done for some, you must try your best not to appear shy. Talk to as many people as possible to get invaluable insights and establish a friendly and approachable personality. If you can, make at least a friend on your first day.
Don’t try too hard on your first day. Listen, observe, and project high energy.