First Job Survival Guide

Do you need a first job survival guide? Entering the workforce for the first time can be daunting; you’re surrounded by strangers in an unfamiliar place, and not completely sure you’re doing anything correctly. Don’t worry, it gets a little easier every single day.

Every staff member you encounter can relate. Even your boss or manager, who seems so confident, was once the new hire on their first day of work.

To help you feel a little more confident, we’ve put together 5 tips as part of our first job survival guide to help you on your first day at a new job.

Your first job survival guide:

  1. Be organised: Being unprepared and feeling like you’re playing catch up all day is just going to cause stress. Make sure get off on the right foot by being as prepared as possible. Try a test trip to the office before the big day so you know how to get there and how long it will take. Decide what you’re going to wear the night before, making sure your outfit is clean and tidy. On your first day, arrive at the office early so you have time to center yourself before you go inside. Bring something to write with and make sure you’re ready to listen and learn.
  2. Be positive: Work on your positive self-talk. If you're feeling nervous or overwhelmed, positive self-talk can help you remain confident in a challenging situation. Remember: Nobody expects you to be perfect right from the start, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Here are some tips to get you started
  3. Ask for help: Although it might not feel like it, asking for help is a sign of maturity and will reflect well on you. So ask for help if you need clarification on anything. It will reduce any errors you might make as a first timer and help you connect with your colleagues.
  4. Be friendly: You spend a lot of time with the people you work with, so it’s a good idea to be sociable and start building a rapport with your fellow colleagues. Be inquisitive, ask about their family and friends and find people that you genuinely connect with.
  5. Stay calm: It’s okay to feel nervous on your first day. Just breathe. Tomorrow will be easier, and as you get your head around your new role you’ll start to find your comfort zone and work flow.

Everyone has experienced their first day on the job

Everyone has had their ‘first day on the job.’ If you’re organised, ask lots of questions and turn up to your new job with a friendly, can do attitude you should find your first day a challenging, but rewarding experience.

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