We’ve all been there; starting a new job can be stressful. As the new Tradeshow Coordinator here at Pocket Nurse, I have to say I can relate. You only get one shot at making a first impression, so taking steps to prepare for your first day is essential. Looking for ways to ease your transition into a new role, too? Read on to discover five important tips for starting a new job with success.
1. DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST!
Your job title may have changed, but your body’s requirements stay the same. Don’t slack on the essentials! A balanced diet, a full night’s sleep and daily exercise are crucial to keeping you going. Start by planning a breakfast that’s quick, convenient and tasty enough to make you want to get out of bed.
2. GET TO KNOW THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
A new job comes with new surroundings. Take some time to get familiar with the area. Find out about nearby options for lunch, gas and entertainment. If you’re like me and think coffee is basically a food group by itself, then you’ll definitely need to know where the closest café is, too.
3. REFINE YOUR ROUTINE.
Not even Google Navigation can compare to the value of a good old-fashioned test run on your new commute. You’ll need to factor in extra time for traffic, but it never hurts to practice the drive prior to your first day either. If you’re working in a city where parking is tricky, make sure you know the location of several different parking lots and decks.
4. BE NICE!
A smile is the best thing you can wear, and that’s especially true at work. Make an effort to learn the names of co-workers, get involved in company activities and invite others to lunch. If meeting new people makes you nervous, prepare some general questions ahead of time to help you spark conversation. If all else fails, try bringing in snacks. Regardless of your industry, nothing strengthens a team bond quite like a box of donuts. NOTHING.
5. SET GOALS FOR THE FUTURE.
When you’re building a career, you’ve got to start with a solid foundation. First, update your LinkedIn profile right away since it shows your new employer that you’re excited to be on the team. Then, take time to learn your boss’s expectations and set goals to achieve them. Making long-term plans lets your employer know that you see yourself being with the company well into the future.
This is a post from Katy Mogg, Tradeshow Coordinator at Pocket Nurse.