You applied, you interviewed, and you got the job; however, after celebrating, the panic attack hits. Starting a new job can be extremely exciting and stressful all at the same time. What will you wear the first day? Will you fit in with the other employees? Who do you ask when you have questions? Answers to some of these questions will take patience and time, but there are a few things that you can do to make transitioning into your new position a little less stressful.
A positive attitude can make all the difference in the world. You landed the job because you had the skills and experience necessary for the position, so smile and look happy to be there; show your enthusiasm. Let your co-workers and boss know that you are excited about this new opportunity and you are willing to help if they need anything.
Knowing what is expected of you is extremely important. If you don’t know the expectations, how can you live up to them? If possible, get a copy of the official job description for your position. This will give you a clear picture of what your responsibilities are. If you are unable to get a copy of the job description, make sure that you discuss expectations and responsibilities with your boss as soon as possible.
Organize your workspace and establish a system for keeping track of meetings, appointments, phone calls, deadlines, and projects. Use technology to your advantage and set up tasks or reminders on your computer or cell phone. If you prefer the paper method, then get a day planner or organizer so that you can keep up with everything. You certainly don’t want to miss an important meeting or deadline!
Sometimes when we start a new job, we get so bogged down with training and trying to figure everything out that we forget to take a break. Going non-stop through the work day is exhausting and will add to your stress level. Make sure that you take a few short breaks throughout the day to give your brain some down time. Taking a short walk around the building, going out for lunch, or even just putting your head down on your desk for 5 minutes are all great ways to decompress.
Starting a new job is a challenge and being the newest member of a company or department comes with both difficulties and opportunities. Think of the transition period as a marathon, not a sprint. There are some things that you will need to learn very quickly, and others that you can learn over time.
Source: Profiles International.