How to Nail Your First Day of Work at a New Job
It's that time of year again, where the first day of school comes popping back onto people's schedules. The first day of school can be scary for many, but so can the first day of a brand new job.
In fact, the first day at work can be downright stressful, lots of thoughts go through peoples minds, such as:
“I hope I don’t mess up.”
“I hope everyone likes me.”
There are a couple things that can be done to help reduce the stress surrounding the thoughts of your first day of work. Here are some simple tips.
Show Up Early
To avoid messing up right off the bat, scout out the location and become familiar with how long it will take you to get there, and then give your self an extra ten to fifteen minutes to get there – just to be safe. The first impression is very important with a new employer. It's best to start off on the right foot.
Work to the Last Bell
Besides showing up early, make sure you are there for your entire shift. The key to really impressing your new employer is to work your butt off for the entire shift. Earn that paycheck!
Maybe you feel that you are worth more then what they are paying you. You have to prove this to them. Stay busy, look for something to do during down time and try to learn new things. Doing this will make you more valuable to the company and show your dedication.
This brings me to the most important part…
Often times we want to impress our new employer and co-workers so we act like we know how to do things instead of asking questions. By asking questions you show that you are actively participating in the training and that you are trying.
Good ways of actively participating in your training may be to ask them to let you perform the task and have them watch. Keep in mind also that no matter how good of a memory you have, there are some processes that are not humanly possible to remember after just one time, take notes on how to do certain things so you can walk your self through the process later. Studies show that people are more likely to retain information when they look it up and do it for themselves.
Show Your Worth
At this point you have already started your new job, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t lose it. Most companies have a probation period in which they can decide if it was a good choice to hire you on or not. Work hard to show them that you ARE worth it and that you are valuable to the company.
Whether it’s the beginning of your career or just a job to get through school, never stop trying to show your worth.
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