Congrats on landing a new job! As your first day approaches, you might be filled with jitters and questions, but don’t let that get it in the way of you being the #ladyboss that you are.
Take a deep breath and check out our tips on how to feel confident and powerful on the first day.
Wake up early to give yourself enough time to prepare for the full day ahead. Whether you make breakfast, drink coffee, or go for a run, make sure your day starts at a comfortable place so your mind is in the right place. You don’t want to show up on your first day feeling flustered because you hit the snooze button one too many times!
Dress your best
Remember getting excited about planning your first-day-of-school outfit? Well, some things should never change. When you look and feel your best, you’ll exude confidence to help you operate at the highest level you possibly can. Plan your first-day-of-work outfit the night before, so you don’t feel at a loss when getting dressed in the morning.
It’s OK not to know
No one expects you to know everything right off the bat. No matter how experienced you are, you’ll have to get accustomed to your team’s workflow, learn your team’s communication methods, and probably even figure out how to work that fancy coffee machine in the break room. Don’t get down on yourself for feeling lost for the first couple of weeks. Instead, embrace this as an orientation into a new chapter of your life and look forward to all the growth you’ll experience as an individual and as a professional.
Do your homework
Although there’s no way you could walk into your first day on the job knowing how to do everything, you can come armed with research and preparation. Find out what software the office uses, look up the members of the team you’ll be working with, or even browse through the company website to see if there are any new initiatives taking place.
It’s important to be friendly and personable at your new job, especially on the first day, but don’t forget to be aware of any social-professional boundaries. Relationships with your co-workers will develop as you work with them, so don’t feel obligated to be “buddy-buddy” with them from day one. Simply introduce yourself to everyone in the office, be friendly, make small talk, and express your excitement to be joining the company.
You’re there for a reason
Remind yourself throughout the day that you earned this job. There was someone, or a group of people, who decided they needed you, so trust yourself and what you have to offer.
Celebrate small wins
You probably won’t close a multibillion-dollar client nor will you totally revamp the company culture on your first day. Achieving big goals takes time, so let the smaller wins motivate you. Whether that’s color-coding your orientation packet or your boss saying “good job” on your first task, use these to further boost your workplace confidence.
xx, The FabFitFun Team