Everyone has their reasons for leaving their jobs and the challenge of passing your resignation letter does not end there. Another challenge you have to face is looking for a new job. The first day at work, like in an office space in the Philippines, is like your first day at school. It is nerve-wracking to see new faces and a new environment; but, according to Monster, the first day is also exciting and full of anticipation as it offers new opportunities.
If you are among those people who are about to start their new job, here are some tips you could use in order to have a smooth sailing first day at work:
Take a Deep Breath and Smile
Feeling nervous on your first day is completely normal. That’s why you should remember to take a deep breath and smile as you enter the room. The first impression does last and you don’t want to be known and remembered as that unsmiling and panicking new employee, right? Show that you are confident. Taking a deep breath would help with your nerves.
Research About the Company You Are Going to Work for
Be prepared on your first day at work. Familiarize yourself with the company you are now working for. Do a background check online and look for some essential information that you can use to get your job done right.
Adjust Your Attitude
First day at work means meeting new faces and different kinds of attitudes. Your new job will not be the same as your old one – that’s why it’s important to be flexible. As a new employee, you would not want to offend your co-workers; being a good team player can help you adjust with your new colleagues.
Learn Your Colleagues’ Names Quickly
Learning and remembering all your colleagues’ names on the first day might be impossible but it’s fine. Familiarize yourself with their names as early as possible. Make it a priority because you will be working and cooperating with these people. Learning their names is the first step in having a good working relationship. If you are bad at remembering names, maybe you can try and research some memory-aid tricks you can use to remember your colleagues’ names easier.
Ask Questions if You Need Help
There is nothing wrong with asking questions on your first few days at work since no one expects you to know everything about the company and about your job. Asking for clarifications and help is better than acting according to your own “lack-of-knowledge” decisions. Remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness but shows that you care about your job and the company’s well-being.
Show your supervisors and colleagues that hiring you is not a mistake. It may be that only small loads of work would be given to you in your first few days but if you feel that you have already adjusted and you’re ready to take on bigger responsibilities, then don’t hesitate to initiate and ask your supervisors to give you bigger workloads.