It’s completely normal to have the first day jitters, but it’s recommended to take some time to prepare to be the new kid on the block. Provided below are tips on how to prepare for your first day on the job.
- Remember to eat breakfast. It is easy to skip out on breakfast when you’re having a hectic morning. A healthy breakfast will give you extra brain power and will energize you throughout your day.
- Make sure to find out if you are expected to buy any gear or supplies such as note pads, hand tools, steel-toed shoes, safety glasses, etc., depending on your position.
- Be aware of traffic conditions on your way to work. Allow ample time to get there and plan alternate routes if needed.
- Make sure you know where to report to on the first day. In many cases, you could be reporting somewhere different than where you would usually go on a normal day.
- It is common to fill out some paperwork on your first day. Find out if you need to bring any specific documents or forms of identification that would be necessary for completion of paperwork.
- Make sure to dress appropriately. It is best to dress conservatively on your first day. Over time, you will notice how other employees dress and will have a better gage on what’s appropriate or not.
- Typically during the first days, you will be introduced to many people at your new company. When having introductions, be polite, friendly, and make eye contact.
- It is common to be orientated or trained on your first day. Make sure to listen closely to what is expected of you. It is helpful to keep a pen and notepad handy to take notes while being trained.
- You want to project a good first impression and seem competent to your co-workers. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. People like helping people and it will show your boss and co-workers that you are eager to learn. No one expects you to be perfect or know everything.