Congratulations! You applied for the job, you did well in the interview, you accepted the job offer and tomorrow is your first day at work. Enthusiasm is mixed with anxiety and happiness with nervous excitement. But you don’t need to worry. We’ve got you covered!
Make a checklist
Create a list in order not to forget any essentials for your first day. Make sure you take a notebook and a pen with you, pack your lunch and a bottle of water and don’t forget to have some cash for the vending machine.
Chose the right clothes
Don’t leave this for the last minute; it’s better to have the clothes you’ll wear ready the night before. Check the weather to avoid any weather-related disasters and choose an appropriate professional outfit that will make you feel comfortable and look the part.
The morning before
Wake up a bit earlier than usual; it will make you more relaxed and will help you concentrate on preparing for what will probably be an overwhelming day. Sticking to your normal daily routine for when you’ve to be somewhere on time will also make you feel more relaxed.
There’s nothing worse than being late on your first day at work. It doesn’t just show that you are unable to stick to a program and to manage your time, but it is also likely that you will arrive anxious and sweaty; not the best first impression to give to your co-workers. Aim to arrive around 10-15 minutes earlier and start your day smoothly.
Introduce yourself and say hello to everyone. Forgetting some names on your first day, especially in a large company, is expected and the best way to deal with it is to ask again with a smile and perhaps some good humour if you feel that’s appropriate.
Be prepared to take detailed notes, at least for the most important tasks. Make a list of your regular tasks and the software you will use daily. Ask for tips and advice and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Avoid being the first to go for lunch, instead wait to see what others do. If you are invited to eat along with your new colleagues or boss don’t be shy! It’s a great way to get to know each other and to get over the awkwardness of the first days quickly.
Give yourself some time
Don’t be afraid to ask questions but, if possible, try first to figure out the answers yourself (Google is your friend!). Take some time to reflect upon the new things you learned but when you finally return back home, make sure you clear your mind and get some proper rest, as the first weeks in a new job tend to be pretty intense.