Starting a new job is always stressful. There is a lot to learn, many new people to meet. You want to make a good impression on the first day, to set the tone for what will follow. Here are a few tips on how to get ready for that first day on the job.
Get your outfit ready
Do this the night before so that you will be ready to go the next morning. Doing it the night before will give you one less thing to worry about the next day. For a new job, you may be tempted to run out and buy something new for the occasion, but some career counselors advise against it.
You will have enough stress without having to worry about new shoes that are giving you blisters or a sweater that is rough and uncomfortable. The best thing to do is to go with a favorite outfit, something you are familiar with.
Do not pack a lunch
Odds are on your first day, someone will be inviting you out for lunch.
Prepare some conversation starters
You will be meeting a lot of new people on your first day, and conversation will naturally follow. You don’t want to be standing there awkwardly after saying, “Nice to meet you.”
It’s a good idea to have a few ideas of things to talk about just in case the conversation lags. It could be something like sports, movies or television, interests, or hobbies.
This is pretty much common sense. You definitely do not want to be late for your first day of work. Have your route planned out and know how long it will take to get to your destination.
Prepare a few questions
You will be absorbing a lot of information on your first day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about processes and procedures. Write down a few questions about important things you want to know so that you won’t forget to ask them. Bring a notebook with you so that you can take notes during the day.