Congratulations! You wrote the perfect resume, you nailed the job interview and today is your first day of work. Starting a new job is not only exciting but can also be nerve-wracking. So many questions going through your mind and nervous energy building up inside you. Before you leave home, there are 5 simple things that you can do to ensure that you are properly prepared for your first day.
The worst thing you can do is go to your job without having breakfast. As the experts say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. My advice is eating a breakfast with long lasting energy. Being, your first day in the office you don’t know if you will have an opportunity to eat throughout the day and nothing is worse than coming to 3pm and running out of energy. Although the butterflies may be flying around in your stomach eating breakfast will ensure that you portray a great first impression and don’t get burnt out before the day is finished.
Dress for success:
How you dress and how you look says a lot about the person you are. If you come to work with a shirt hanging out and dirty shoes, you present an unprofessional image of not caring. If you work in a corporate environment, not dressing for success, can portray a negative image about the way you work. Remember, that first impressions count and in the work environment it is important that we portray the right impression. Understanding your working environment is the key, and this should drive you in the right direction. Dressing for success will not only make you feel a winner, but will also send the right image to those around you about your professionalism and attitude.
Know your location and arrive early.
Before you leave your front door, ensure that you know exactly where your new job is located. Nothing is worse than getting lost on your first day! Although you have probably been to your office for the job interview, still make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to arrive. Remember it is safer to arrive early then to arrive late. There is no worse first impression then arriving to work late on your very first day.
Bring a notebook and a pen:
Without knowing exactly what is going to occur on your first day, my advice is to take a pen and paper so you are ready to write down any important bits of information. It is impossible to remember everything you have learned on the first day and it can be valuable to be able to go over your notes that evening. In addition, having a pen and paper will also enable you to write down future questions you may have to ask your colleagues or supervisor.