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How to have a successful first day at a new job

Being a newbie everybody is watching you to know what kind of colleague you are.

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Being a newbie everybody is watching you to know what kind of colleague you are.

First days in a new workplace are not always easy. The uncertainty of the environment you are going into, the fact that you are a stranger, going to meet other strangers is chilling all by itself. You take extra caution in what you do and what you say feeling like the eyes of scrutiny are fixed on you .

The pressure to perform weighs heavily on you because you are aware there is only one shot at first impressions and once you blow it, there is no coming back from that. What you need to realize is that the feeling of pressure may be real or unreal and can make you overdo or underperform. You need to avoid that. Therefore the first thing that you need to do is to relax.

The reality of the matter is that being a newbie everybody is watching you to know what kind of colleague you are. Your work ethic is also going to be evaluated. Remember, they took a risk with you because they believe you can do the job.

Therefore here are some of the things you can do.

1. Calm down and Relax. 

You need to calm your mind down, pat yourself in the back for reaching that far against all odds; you made it!

2. Study the environment

Having relaxed, you need to ensure that you study the work environment. Take keen interest in what the culture of the workplace is. It will be of great benefit to understand how systems work and how employees carry themselves. This will be of great benefit so that you blend in seamlessly.

The first day should majorly be a learning day to help you understand the core of why you are there. You need to understand every single nugget and tenet of what is expected from you by the company.

3. Pay attention to detail

Attention to detail comes to play here. You need to take time to understand your targets, how to get your work done, the amount of time you need to put in to get the expected results. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because you will make tons as a newbie but ensure that you learn from each one of them and do your very best not to repeat them.

4. Enjoy every moment

Last of all, enjoy every moment of your first day. Be optimistic and develop a positive attitude. It will go a long way in motivating you to work to the best of your ability and deliver quality work.

what's your biggets worry when reporting to a new job on the first day? 

Written by

Kelvin Mokaya

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