New co-workers, an unknown work environment and the hesitation of not being 100% of what you should be doing. Sounds familiar? It’s the scenario every new employee goes through during his/her first day on the job.
Regardless of how many years of experience you have in an industry, starting a new job is always a bit scary. You don’t know anything about the new work culture, you don’t know whom to talk to and you don’t even know where to go for coffee. Miserable! This out-of- place feeling can create anxiety and chip away at your resolve. To avoid this, it’s important to have confidence in yourself and face your fears.
If you’re starting a new job soon, then here’s a handy guide on how to boost your confidence in the new job role.
Don’t Be Anxious
Anxiety and stress are common but need to be dealt with. They switch on your defensive mode and restrict you from opening up to your new colleagues. The best way to overcome them is to relax. Maintain a relaxed posture and stay calm. Take a deep breath, loosen your shoulders and wear a beautiful smile. Don’t let your tightened or tensed body speak for your uneasiness.
Don’t Expect to Excel at Everything
You know you’ve aced the interview with flying colours, that’s why you’re here. But that doesn’t mean you know everything. It’s normal to be unsure of things and make mistakes. Minor mistakes are part of the learning process. Your boss also expects that; so don’t worry about asking questions. Remember, a glass can’t be filled with water if it’s already full. So, if you don’t know something, ask. Doing so increases your chances of learning and adapting to your new environment quickly.
Don’t Be Judgemental
To learn new things and adapt to new situations, you need to be open-minded. People always prefer interacting with others who have a positive attitude. So, don’t be judgemental and accept the opinions and ideas of others. It will help you in establishing a healthy relationship with your colleagues and boss.
Don’t Doubt Your Abilities
Have confidence in yourself and never doubt your abilities. You are the one the company chose out of hundreds of applicants. You have got the skills and you’re competent enough to carry out this job role. Start your first day with confidence because if you become unsure of your abilities, no one will be able to help you achieve success.
Make the most of your first day at the new job by remembering these points. Make a note of all the information you’re presented with on your first day to avoid confusion and misinterpretation. Be confident and ask questions when you’re in doubt. All the best!