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How To Survive Your First Day At Work


Getting the news that you finally got the job, after countless job interviews, is uplifting. There’s nothing more satisfying than hearing the words “You’re hired,” after the stressful albeit worth it hiring process.

The sooner the days reach to your first day at work, the more anxious you get and intimidated you feel. “How do I make a good impression?”, “What should I wear?”, “Will I be welcomed there?”, negative thoughts after another but really, calm down and relax your mind!


Don’t panic for what you feel is completely normal. Being overwhelmed and getting all the jitters is expected at your stage. To keep you chill, here are ways you can follow to survive your nerve-wracking first day at work:

Be on time – Not just on your first day, but for the rest of the time you’ll be around the company. Nothing is more horrific than arriving late and worry yourself for what your co-workers’ first impression of you. Being early gives you enough time to be welcomed by your co-workers and interact with them. It also gives you time to familiarize yourself with your surroundings.

First impression – Leaving your mark in a first impression is quite difficult. Of course, everyone wants to be described positively. You don’t want to be referred to as the one who always comes in late or the anti-social one. Don’t stress yourself too much and just be your best self — that’s the key to it.

Dress appropriately –  As you may or may not know, some companies prefer casual aesthetic for comfort while at work whereas others still prefer a more formal attire. Your black dress may come off more as a party dress rather than a work-appropriate attire. Your attire reflects how you feel so wear something appropriate and you’re comfortable in so you won’t get too conscious. Once you got the news, ask the hiring manager for the dress code.

Be enthusiastic –  Don’t step into the office looking as if your YOLO days are over. Show enthusiasm and your eagerness to be a part of the team. Participate in company orientations, listen and ask questions if need be. Asking questions reflects your desire to learn and know more regarding your work or company.

Be productive – Of course, when your supervisor gave you a task, work on it straight away and don’t just stare at a blank wall. Furthermore, stop checking your Facebook news feed and Twitter feed every 2 minutes instead, focus on your assignment. Just because you’re already hired doesn’t mean the interview process is over. Your first few weeks at work determines whether or not you’re a good fit for the company and your role as a new addition to the team is to prove them they hired the right candidate. Accomplish whatever task assigned to you on time and again, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.

Communicate and most importantly, Listen – Since you are new to the environment, talk less and listen more. Don’t go acting you know everything about the company and your job responsibilities as well as for the others. There’s a thin line between leaving a good impression and acting a know-it-all when you actually don’t. Moreover, don’t be too silent as well. Spark up a conversation; ask them about the weather or the current news and events and subtly build a relationship from there.

Show courteousness –  If you’re really having a hard time connecting with them, displaying your smile and being courteous will work just fine. Greet everyone a good morning whenever you arrive or flash your smile whenever you walk past a co-worker. If you’re too shy to utter a simple “Good morning”, your charm and sincere smile will come a long way.

Be confident – You were called to be a part of their team for a number of reasons; you have your skills, experience, charm, and whatnot, so don’t pressure yourself too much. Keep your mind open and believe in yourself otherwise, why would they? If you don’t believe in your capabilities, they’ll see it. So show them your value and prove them that they called the right person as an addition to their community.

Remember, the people you will be working with are also like you on their first day; anxious, intimidated and tensed. These attributes are totally normal and you’ll get through with it as days pass and as you blend into the community. Once you step into the office for your first day, stand with confidence, flash your smile, greet them with your charm and just relax your nerves. Keep these tips in mind and good luck on your first day! You’ll do good for sure.

About the author: Chie Suarez writes for the HR Dept UK. A professional and knowledgeable HR team that can provide services to your business through any stage of its life cycle and workforce.

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