Thursday, August 18, 2011
How to Overcome First Day of Work Jitters
It's been almost four years since I've had to start a new job that I knew nothing about. Even when I transferred branches at Chase, I still knew what I was doing. I knew the computer systems, I knew how to properly answer the phone, I knew how to do teller referrals,etc. On Monday, I will be starting a new job at the International Student Services Department at Salt Lake Community College. I will need to know all about various international student forms and visas and I will have to remember my new coworkers names, among lots of other things. Needless to say, I have the jitters. To help myself, and any of you who will be starting a new job in the future, I've compiled a list of things that will help calm us down and will make us less intimidated on our first day of work.
1. Wake up a half hour before you need to. Eat a good breakfast, read a little bit, take time to relax before your day has begun.
2. Get ready. I know I don't really need to say that you need to shower, but ya, you need to shower. Shave your legs while you're at it. Lotion your whole body after? Spray on your favorite (understated, not overwhelming) perfume?
3. Do your "confidence hair," or the hairstyle that makes you feel neat and professional. For me, it's blow-dried and straightened.
4. Pick out your first day outfit the night before. Make sure everything is clean and already ironed. Whether you pick a power suit, or a pair of nice jeans with a cardigan, make sure you're wearing something you feel good and comfortable in. That being said, four inch heels probably aren't the way to go unless you wear them every day and are a pro at walking in them. No one wants a trip and a fall on their face on their first day at the office. On a side note, consider a totem, or a good luck charm. I never feel myself unless I'm wearing the delicate silver feather necklace that Karl bought me. It reminds me of who I am and who I want to be. It's like your own secret confidence booster.
5. I know this sounds cheesy, but look yourself in the mirror and pick 3-5 adjectives you want to be and repeat them to yourself. Mine are unstoppable, courageous, and exquisite. What are yours? If you are into it, say a prayer right after as well. It always calms me.
6. Bring a little notebook and your favorite pen with you. There's nothing worse than when your boss is spouting directions and how-tos at you and you can't keep track of anything he/she is saying. Be prepared to jot down memos for yourself.
7. Be 15 minutes early. Even if you don't go into your office right away, it helps to know that if you hit traffic, you'll still be on time. Take a deep breath before you walk in. You will impress everyone with your punctuality.
8. If you start to get overwhelmed, repeat your 3 adjectives to yourself. "I am unstoppable. I am courageous. I am exquisite." It works. Trust me. You can even excuse yourself to the bathroom, take a deep breath and repeat your affirmations. Sometimes you need to take a step back.
9. Don't worry about remembering everyone's names right off the bat. People usually don't mind if you ask for their name again. They've all been in the same position as you at one point or another. The same thing goes for new things you're learning. It's okay if you aren't an expert at whatever you're doing on the first day. You will get better!
10. Be confident! Confidence is the key to making a good impression and to making yourself feel capable. You are awesome! Your employers obviously saw something special in you. If they hadn't they wouldn't have hired you! You made it thus far on your charm and sparkly personality! Show them you are a dynamo and can rock anything that's thrown at you! You can do this!
Good luck to those of you who are starting new jobs! It's a wonderful chance for a fresh start and an opportunity to be your best self!You are going to be great!