The first day in a new job can be really scary; that’s totally normal. A new ambiance, new area, new colleagues, and pressure to succeed all come together to make a potent and stressful cocktail. We have some hints and tips that might help you to mitigate that stress and make a good impression on your first day at work. A new job doesn’t have to be stressful.
Go to bed early
Get as good a night’s sleep as you can the night before you start your new job as this will make sure you’re as well equipped to deal with everything as you can be. Plan an early bedtime, and make sure that you stick to it as much as possible. Have a cup of tea and put your phone down an hour or so before bed.
Dress for success at your new job
You only get one chance to make a first impression at your new job so make sure you pick wrinkle resistant fabrics, and clothes that make you feel comfortable as well as looking good. Some offices have surprisingly powerful aircon, too, so make sure you bring a sweater.
Pack snacks and lunch
When you pack your lunch make sure you choose odourless items that do not require refrigeration as there may not be a fridge for you to put perishables in. If you’re bringing sweets make sure you have enough for everyone; sharing is a good way to make friends in kindergarten, and this carries through life surprisingly well. Make sure you have money in case your team decides to go out for lunch, too, as you don’t want to be left behind. If they do remember to refuse alcohol even if it’s offered as this will give a good impression.
Get your things ready the night before
Your new employer will be very impressed if you make it clear that you are prepared for anything on your first day at a new job. Stock your bag with highlighters, pens, tissues, a memory stick, toiletries, reading glasses (if you need them), and a notepad.
Bring a smile
Your attitude can make up for a lot, or undo all your hard work. Chin up, shoulders back, and a big smile will go a long way in making the right impression on your first day at your new job!