Getting Over the First Day Blues

Employers eagerly anticipate on what the new employee can do. As a fresher you may end up causing more damage than good to your career by taking a job if you are not able to handle the challenge well.  It is a pressure which may lead to serious problems if not handled properly.  The first day of your job will determine how you will perform in the company.

Knowing the Reason Why You Took the Job

Trouble can happen on the first day of your job but that should not intimidate you.  Before you go out and start doing the assigned tasks, remember why you took the job. These reasons will provide you the needed push in order to perform as expected and then slowly establishing yourself as a professional.

Listen to the Environment

Listening is a good, if not the best, tool for any new employee who wants to cope with the environment. This is even more important for you since you are starting on top and you have to deal with experienced employees but will call you boss. Know what they can and cannot do against the company policies.

Do not get yourself in trouble by immediately speaking out and insisting on what they need to do. You might need a few days to know more about your employees but these days can really help you cope in a new environment.

Adjust to Reality

A common pitfall for new employees starting on top is that they are clouded by the reality of their previous position. Do not let this happen to you as this can only lead to frustration since you cannot do anything you want.

As soon as you sit down on your new position, know what you can and cannot do in your new job. Think of these as your tools which will give you the ability certain tasks. The reality might be a bit disappointing because of some limitations but you have to work with it and learn to improve with these tools.

Never Panic

Never succumb to pressure on your first day on the job. Even though you are experienced, you will still be given some allowance to adjust. That does not mean you are given a free pass to make mistakes but you are allowed to slow down a bit.

Remember what you have learned in the industry and slowly adapt them to the new environment. Panicking will do you no good. Its sole purpose is to remind you that it is no longer playtime as you have to be serious in your new found job. Focus and listen to your environment to establish a good start in your new job.

Editorial Team at Geekinterview is a team of HR and Career Advice members led by Chandra Vennapoosa.

Editorial Team – who has written posts on Online Learning.


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