Think back to your first day of high school or when you left for college – how did it feel? Probably not so bad because your best friend or a family member went with you. But starting a new job? That’s a whole different feeling. College life prepared you for so many life lessons and careers, but the one thing that no one really talks about is what happens once you get the job and show up for your first day. Initially when you land a job your thoughts are congratulatory and optimistic – “Oh yeah! I got a job! All that time in school paid off!” But then after the paperwork has been filled out, the i’s dotted, the t’s crossed, you get this sinking feeling – “What if I don’t know what I’m doing?”
Many college grads feel overwhelmed starting their career. It’s a new experience that you have spent at least four years building up to. You had a part time job as a waitress, or sales associate in retail, but now you are off to something you may not be totally prepared for: the big league, an office. Let me tell you; it is nothing like a Jimmy Johns Delivery Driver…
Three Things to Know When You Go to Your First Day on the Job:
1. You can boost your confidence right away by finding out as much as you can about the new company and who works there. Not sure how? Get on LinkedIn and look at the company and use that to find profiles of your future coworkers!
2. Make sure you fully understand your new role. If you have a hire letter, read it and ask questions if something is unclear. For instance, “travel 50% of the time.” Is it US or also International? You may need to renew your passport!
3. Find a buddy. Check out alumni from your school on LinkedIn, and see if there is anyone who has a connection with an employee at your new company. Ask that alum if they would introduce you so that you know at least one person on your first day.
Want more ideas? Download this First Day Hacks sheet for tips on what to expect and do to be prepared for your first day at a new job.
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