How to Cope at a New Job (Part 1)

Wow! Congratulations for landing into a new job; it may not really be the job you have been dreaming about, but at least a paying job.
Money is coming your way no matter
how small it is. Needless to say that you were hired due to the confidence you exhibited during the interview process.
Starting a new job involves a lot of challenges. You need to make good impression right from the first day at work and then set a good precedence.
If you are starting a new job today. Hold these tips; they will really help you:
Leave Home Early
There is no alternative to this, especially if your workplace is too far. This is something you should start doing right from day one. When you leave early, you will definitely arrive early in the office; get your working tools (instrumentum laboris) ready and prepare for the day.
When you leave early, you will definitely beat the traffic jams you might meet on the way, especially if you are working in metropolitan cities like Lagos in Nigeria. (Sorry, I have to use Lagos as an example, because it is a city where we have high cases of traffic jams in my home country, Nigeria).
If you leave early, you might meet a traffic- this can make a journey that would ordinarily take thirty minutes to turn into a two hour journey. I have seen that happen in many places. I have also seen people described by their employers as being unserious because they are used to coming late to work.
Leaving home early to work get your mind prepared for the work, reduces stress and of course prevent late arrival.
Don’t be nervous, keep a smiling face
If this is your first day at work, I understand that you might be nervous, but don’t show it. Exhibit self-confidence- this can go a long way in reducing stress. With self-confidence, your nervousness and stress will simply melt away.
Immediately you work into the building, greet your co-workers with a smiling face. Wearing a smiling face makes people to like you, and get relaxed working with you. You become likeably when you wear a smiling face. In fact, the first impression people may have about your cheerful smiles may take you places now or later.
Report to your direct boss
This is the first thing you should do immediately you get to the office before any other thing. He / she should be the first person to assign you work. Even if you work in an establishment where emails are medium used to communicate and pass information, ensure you get your first briefing from your direct boss.
 Please take this important caution too, even if you arrive in the office before your boss, don’t just barrage into him or her as soon as you set your eyes on them or as soon as they arrive at the office. Give them at least five minutes to settle down before approaching them. You can also let them you arrived on time.
Strike up a conversation with a colleague
Some people are not too good in striking a conversation with a colleague first day at work. Even if you didn’t start at the first day, you can do so within your first week at work.
Yes, you may have passed through the rigorous process of the interview and have been hired, and you have received your first briefing from your boss. You may still need someone who will show the ropes, this depends on the culture of the organization.
You really need to be cautious; strike up a conversation only with the person that appears friendly- stay connected with him or her. You never can tell this friendly staff might give you some hints about your new work; he/ she may give you some clue of what your predecessor did in the office that wasn’t palatable to the management. You need this information to do well in your work.
You need this type of information so as to adjust- definitely your boss or employer may not tell you everything you need to know. They may not even tell you why your predecessor was fired. They will give you simple rules or terms and conditions of the company and then believe you will use your initiative to work.
However, the person you may strike up the conversation with might be equally a busy person, so don’t expect that you will have all day talking and chatting with him or her. A simple hello, question and answer will keep the relationship rolling. Just try to be friendly, that is the key.
Jot down points about your work
I guess you may have come across this popular saying ‘the faintest pen is sharper than the sharpest brain’. This saying carries lots of weight more than you can imagine. You are expected to take down some notes when your boss is giving you specific information about your work.
The jottings ought to be written in simple and clear English. Some points may not mean much to you until you start to work. There may come a time when you won’t remember all you were taught off head, that is the time you need to revisit what you have jot down.

Imagine a situation you have not jotted down anything, and you forget some vital points, only for you to go back to your boss for more guidelines. Your boss might think you are not serious or you are not passionate about the work you are doing. So, jot down as much information as possible. 
To be continued.