Starting A Job In A Pandemic Is Weird

First days are awkward. You leave for work super early to avoid any chance of being late. You’re not sure if you should bring your lunch, what kind of set up they’ll have, if you should bring a water bottle or coffee. You don’t know where the bathroom is and you don’t know anyone in the office. There really isn’t any real work for you to do because it’s your first week and you know nothing.

First days are hard, but it turns out they can get even worse when they take place during a pandemic. It’s hard to make a good first impression when you can’t shake anyone’s hand, can’t see their face behind a mask.
I had never even been to the building before or met my managers. My whole hiring process was done over phone, emails, and Zoom.

In a way, I liked Zoom interviews. My palms were less sweaty and I felt more comfortable. But showing up on my first day with zero idea of what to expect was not ideal. I couldn’t really meet anyone, couldn’t really get trained, and sat in on Zoom meetings with people who were sitting in the cubicle next to me.

It was all very weird, but in the very least it allowed me to dive right into my job and avoid all the fluffery that can come with the first week.

17 thoughts on “Starting A Job In A Pandemic Is Weird

  1. Congrats again on your new job! I understand where you are coming from. We just hired 3 new people for our team and are doing their training virtually. It’s been hard to make connections the same way we did when we hired people and got to train them in the office. It’s been about 2 months for us and things have started to settle. Hopefully you are able to enjoy this period of learning and growing at a new company. So exciting!

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  2. Congrats on the job! I completely agree that starting a new job during a pandemic is strange. I started an internship a month or so ago, and it’s been completely remote (aside from meeting my manager at the office for some extra supplies). It was definitely an adjustment to kind of just learn things myself and identify who I can reach out to for help. Plus I think they typically introduce more interns at once so they can get to know each other a little more, but I was the only one for the fall. But overall it’s been good…just weird. And if everyone goes well and I’m still there once this pandemic is over, I guess I’ll have to have my first day all over again to see where my cubicle and meeting rooms and such are haha.

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