You never think about how much stress goes into starting a new job because the interview process is such a hurdle in itself. There’s the phone interviews and then the in-person interviews that you have to schedule around your current work hours without letting anyone realize you’re looking elsewhere in case you don’t get the job. Then you have to do your research on the company you’re interviewing with so that you can show you’ve done you’re homework. Then you have to dress the part, put on a smile, and answer all the questions sharply and precisely and hope they don’t look too closely at the gap in between jobs or the short stins at others. Then you have to wait for the “next step” or wait for the references to be called or wait for the background check to go through. Then after sleepless nights and constant anxiety. You get the call. You got the job. You did it!
You lay out your best outfit, you set your alarm clock an extra 15mins early so you can account for any unexpected travel issues, you prepare your breakfast the night before, you tuck yourself into bed to get a good night’s rest and then lights out.
The next morning you wake up excited feeling like it’s the first day of school eager to see who you’ll meet and make friends with. You walk into work and settle in at your next desk and log into your new work computer and get a brief tour of your new digs and after saying “Hi” to a few people you are back to your desk. The woman training you has a lot on her plate since the person you replaced retired and she promises she’ll show you some stuff when she gets a free minute.
So you sit and you wait.
It seems like no one tells you what to prepare for after you landed the job and start it. No one prepares you for the possibility that you won’t have much work to do because it’s a first-come-first-serve basis. You don’t know anything so you can’t really pitch in when you see people running around like chickens with their heads cut off. You smile politely and answer the phones but you know you were hired to do much more. Yet, everyone seems so busy or so bored you’re not really sure what to do.
So you got the job, now what?
It’s hard to start at a new work office because you feel like the new kid who transferred mid-semester and the teacher just kinda throws you in. When starting a new job just do your best to remember that they chose you. You deserve to be here because they saw something in you that they didn’t see in the other candidates. You may experience some imposter syndrome but remember, you are part of a team and people are there to support and root for you. You can’t expect to be an expert overnight! You just have to take it one day at a time.
You got the job, now own it!