Adjusting to a new job can be just as hard as finding one. Not only do you have several new people to learn about and meet, but you also have to get used to all of the new tasks that will be required of you.
The most important thing to try to do is be calm. You obviously will be a little nervous, but just keep in mind that everyone has a first day somewhere. The good thing is that you only have one. Other than that there are some things that you can do to make the transition a little easier.
• Make your work station reflect your personality. Bring things that make you feel comfortable. Pictures of family members, a greeting card that makes you smile, your good luck Treasure Troll doll, anything that will make you feel comfortable in a new place.
• Learn names. Being able to refer to people by their first name makes conversation and asking questions a lot easier.
• Take time to learn the building. Find out where the restrooms, emergency exits, conference rooms and cafeteria are. This is often easier to do with a co-worker who knows the building inside and out.
• When you are being taught your new duties, be sure to take notes. This will cut down on having to ask the same question over and over again. This also makes the person training you feel like you care and like they aren’t wasting their time.
• Remember to always be professional. This will gain you respect at your new job and make the transition a pleasant one.