One of the worst feelings of starting a new job is the feeling of being unprepared or unorganized (atleast it is for me anyways). I can be a bit of a worry wort when it comes to wanting to be prepared and have everything unorganized, so starting anything new that has an “unknown” factor freaks me out a little bit. So here is how I deal with it.
First off, I try to find out all of the information I can (even things that they may have already told me – I just want to make things clear). For instance, if you have to wear a uniform or something specific, vacation time, earning PTO, Benefits offered, the exact start and end date of Orientation/Training, basic rules/standards of the company, contact numbers for those I may need to get in touch with and emergency information, etc. Going into a new job or any new thing prepared can take a lot of stress off of you. Atleast, it takes away some of the unknown.
Next, go into your job with confidence. Even if you feel like a little kid starting kindergarten act like you’re a 20 time gold medalist in the olympics. How you carry yourself has a huge effect on first impressions. First impressions determine how you are ultimately looked at and treated. Pride yourself in giving the best you, always.
The big one is, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is better to ask questions and prevent a cotastrophe than to worry about annoying someone too death with questions but create a cotastrophe.
At the end of the day, “adulting” is never easy, but we all have to do it. Find what you do best and what works best for you and jump in! You only miss the oppurtunities you don’t take!
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Also a good blog to read about job advancement!