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How to Prepare for Your First Day on the Job

A new job is exciting! It’s your chance to start anew and embark on a new challenge that can advance your career. Don’t mess that up by being unprepared. As you lead up to the big first day, take some time to complete paperwork, plan your wardrobe, practice your commute, figure out your new schedule, and do any research that might be useful.

Here’s how you can prepare for your first day at a new job.

Plan your wardrobe

Figure out what you’re going to wear on that very first day and try it all on. Every piece of clothing should be clean or pressed, so you look your very best—remember that this is your only chance to make a good first impression. Once your first-day outfit is set, add other items to your wardrobe to match this company’s dress code. New shoes? Belt? Jacket and tie? Use this time to prepare. You can reimburse yourself when that first paycheck arrives.

Gather your materials

Look back through emails and paperwork to figure out what you need to bring on that first day. Driver’s license? Tax forms? Benefits preferences? Pack a briefcase or professional looking backpack with a folder, notebooks, and pens. They’ll probably provide you with most supplies, but it never hurts to be prepared, especially if you have to take notes unexpectedly. Also, throw a lunch or some snacks into your bag. Someone might treat you to lunch since it’s your first day, but in case that doesn’t happen, you don’t want to get hangry. You won’t win friends that way.

Practice your commute

You’ve probably already traveled to and from your new workplace several times for interviews or to drop off an application, but do you know what that travel’s like during rush hour? Test it out! If you’re relying on a train or a bus, make sure you know the exact ones you need to take so you’re not late on that first day. Leave 10 minutes earlier than you’ve calculated just in case you hit bad traffic or weather or something else that delays you.

Research the company

It’ll help you if you know ahead of time if you know who’ll be working for and with. You probably did some research in preparation for your interview, but now’s your time to review. Re-read your job description, the company’s mission statement, and the names of important personnel you’ll be working with. Who do you report to? If you know someone who already works there, grab a coffee or a drink with them to pick their brain about important information you’ll need to know. Or better, ask them to bring along one of your future coworkers so you’ll have a friendly face on that first day.

For more tips on preparing for that first day of work, contact our team today.

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