You’ve experienced more ups and downs than you could have ever imagined. At some point you will need to put a strategy together for your first few days on the new job. You have been out of work for a while, so the idea of jumping back into work may be a foreign experience.
Here are a few tips to help ease your transition back into the workforce, and make your first week as memorable as possible.
Send Thank You Notes
One of your first orders of business is sending a hand written thank you card to everyone that played a role in helping you to get your new job. You never know when you’re going to need them again, and you may also be in a position to return the favor later down the road.
Dress The Part
Before you start your first day, be sure to check with the person that hired you what the dress code is. You’re going to stand out already because you’re the newbie. Don’t draw any unnecessary attention to yourself.
Dine or Carry Out
Find out if it’s customary for people in the office to eat at their desks, go out to lunch or eat in the designated break area. For some, this may conjure up memories of being in high school again. If you’re going to be going out for lunch, ask about the best places in the area. You may get a lunch companion out of the deal.
If you have a few days before your actual start date, it’s probably a great idea to have a practice run of what your actual day will look like. This will help you get an idea as to how much time you need to get ready, and what the traffic will be like on your way to work. The last thing you want to be is late on your first date. First impressions are everything.
Food is Your Friend
Everyone likes food. A great way to break the ice is to bring cookies or cupcakes. If you bake them, even better. You can exchange and discuss recipes with other foodies in the office.
Take Lots of Notes
I once had a trainer tell me that the first week will feel like you’re drinking from a fire hose. He was right. Take a notepad with you wherever you go jot down as many notes as you can. Spend the evening going over the notes of the day so you can be prepared for the next day.
Don’t Give Up
The first few weeks of the job may be an uphill climb, and you may even feel a little overwhelmed. Regardless of how bad things get in your first few weeks, don’t give up. They chose you for a reason. They were confident in your skills and abilities to do the job. Prove to them that they made the right decision. Give yourself about 90 days to settle into your new job. If you’re still not feeling comfortable or if you have a bad feeling about things, then it’s probably time to reevaluate your options.
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