The interviewing is finally over, you landed that new job and your first day is coming up. This can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 steps below to make sure you show up prepared and get off to a strong start.
- Lay Out Your Outfit
You want to make a good first impression on all of your co-workers. Looks aren’t everything but if you are put together you’ll feel more confident, as well as be perceived as professional. Stick to conservative clothing such as a pair of dress pants or pencil skirt with a blouse; dark and/or neutral colors are best to insure you won’t be inappropriately dressed, nor stick out which could cause you to feel uncomfortable. Lastly, iron or steam your clothing the night before, to prevent extra stress in the morning.
- Hair, Nails, and Basic Grooming
This goes along with making a good first impression; the night (or 2) before starting your new job, wash and tame your hair, and make sure your roots are not grown out. Check that your nails are clean, not too long, and bare or a neutral color. Lastly, if you plan to wear a skirt or dress, shave and moisturize your legs. All of this is basic hygiene and shows that you take pride in your appearance.
- Pack Your Lunch
Meal prep your lunch, pack it up the night before, and store it in the refrigerator. This will save a lot of time in the morning and eliminate the risk of getting food on your clothing. If you’re worried about leaving your lunch box in the refrigerator, put a stick it note on your front door reminding you to grab it on your way out.
- Put Snacks and a Water Bottle in Your Bag
The first day can be crazy and you don’t know when you’ll get the chance to eat lunch. Packing a water bottle and snacks such as nuts, protein bars, or granola bites make for a quick, easy snack if you need a little something to hold you over until lunch. The last thing you’ll want is an embarrassing, rumbling stomach in a silent training room.
- Know Where to Park
Depending on the company, there may be designated guest, upper-management, or factory parking. It is a good idea to ask where you should park when hired, so that on your first day you know where to go and eliminate the risk of a ticket or being asked to move your car.
- Plan Your Breakfast and Coffee
Even if you’re used to eating your breakfast when getting to work, or relying on the office coffee to get your day started, you shouldn’t expect this on your first day. Coming to the office with a full stomach and already caffeinated (or coffee in hand), is best until you find out where the kitchen and coffee maker are, as well as what the protocols are for eating in the work space. Laying out a pack of oatmeal and some fruit the night before, as well as filling a portable coffee mug or “to go” cup will better prepare you for your morning.
- Pen and Notepad
Almost every office will provide basic supplies, however, you don’t know if you’ll make a stop at the supply room before you need to begin taking notes. It’s always better to be prepared and have a pen, notebook, and planner with you so that you’re ready for anything.
- Bring 2 Forms of ID
Most jobs will require that you show two forms of I.D. within the first few days of employment. Acceptable forms include: driver’s license, social security card, passport, or any other government issued I.D. By packing these in your work bag the night before your first day, you will be prepared whenever they ask you for them, getting necessary paperwork completed in a timely manner, as well as showing that you are responsible and prepared.
- Review Company Information and Interview Notes
Make sure you familiarize yourself with the company, have a general understanding of their business model, and know what they stand for; this shows that you care and are prepared to do the job at hand. The company website is a great tool to use, as is their LinkedIn page. Additionally, go over any notes you took during your interview and reflect on what was discussed, what your specific job title is, and who you will be reporting to.
- You Got the Job!
Remember, out of all the candidates, they picked you. Walk in prepared, confident, and willing to learn, and you’ll be set for a successful future!