Exciting news in the EMC household: I got a new job! I’m super excited for this new opportunity, and super nervous! To celebrate, I’ve been searching the web for inspiration and tips, and compiles those to share with you! I hope these help you, whether you’re starting a new job, looking for a new job, or looking for a little inspiration!
The Week Before
So you’ve given your notice, and all of your affairs are in order. Now is the time to spend on you.
- Do something for you. Treat yourself to a spa day or change up your hair. Make sure you pamper yourself because you deserve it!
- Take Stock. I’ve been using the same backpack for 2 years now. It’s frayed and starting to fall apart. I don’t want to start my new job with looking shabby, so as a treat I’m buying a nice, professional looking backpack. Be it a new briefcase, notebook or even writing utensils, checkout what you need, and go get them.
- Research your new company. Now, I know you’ve probably already done that, but look a little deeper. Checkout reviews of their policies and their products. Find out as much as you can about the business so you start your first day “in the know.”
- Talk to your new company’s HR. Figure out the first day details: what time should you come in, who to ask for when you arrive, phone numbers just in case. If you have an orientation, ask about what to bring or what to wear.
The Night Before
It’s the night before! I know you’re nervous, but take deep breaths and remember you’ll be okay!
- Lay out an outfit that makes you feel great. First days are always nerve wrecking (at least for me!) You want to come in professional, but also comfortable and feeling great. My first day outfit usually consists of my favorite dress and cardigan combo. Not too formal, but not too casual either. That way I can get a lay of the land and find out what the dress code actually is.
- Don’t pack a lunch. As a bag-luncher, I know how hard this will be. But remember that the first day is usually a treat for everyone. Depending on your company, your manager may treat you and the team to a Team lunch! Or take the initiative to ask your colleagues to go out to lunch with you. Take the time to socialize!
- Relax. Make sure you get a good nights rest. You don’t want to show up to your first day looking like a total spaz!
Today’s the day! Remember, deep breaths.
- Show up early. By that, I mean a good 15-20 minutes early. Nothing sets a negative tone than being late on your first day. Coming in early tells your manager that you are in charge and ready to take this seriously. Take the time before to breathe and relax. Brush up on small talk and remember that you are an awesome person! Shake the jitters away!
- Ask Questions. This is a big one. You want to be interested in your new “home.” Take all the research you’ve done, and reaffirm by asking any questions you had. If something doesn’t make sense, ask to get it clarified.
- Socialize and learn teammates names. It might take a while, but take the time to know your team. You’ll hopefully be working with them for a while. Also, make new friends. Nothing dampens work life than not having anyone to talk to.
- Remember why you took the job in the first place. First days are hard, and can cause you to stress out. Remember that while you may be losing something good (with the old job), you may also be finding something better!
The Week After
You made it through the first week! Now,
- Celebrate! You deserve it. Just make sure that it’s a Friday night and you have a day or two to recover 😉
- Write down any personal goals. What do you want to accomplish in the first month? 90 days? Year? Write them down and work toward accomplishing them.
- Meet with your manager. A quick check-in to see how you’re doing will do. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not you’re meeting expectations and what you may have to work on.
Breathe and relax because you made it through! You’re going to do great on this new adventure (a little bit of a pep talk for both of us here!) See you next time,