Congratulations, you’ve got your first job.
Now that the initial excitement has tailed off and the reality has sunk in, you must buckle up. You have to go to work, devote a large chunk of your time there, and perform well.
Yes, performing well is important—better than everyone else and a little better than the last person who had this role. But what if it’s a new position? Well, make the grade then, make sure no one else gets their hands on this role.
Then the thought of your potential coworkers kicks in: What if you don’t like them? What if they don’t like you?
We’re all anxious about the first day, and it’s both natural and normal. Usually, people get nervous when presented with new situations—and you’re literally walking into the great unknown. Given that we’ll be spending roughly 1/3rd of our lives at work, there’s no doubt that we’ll be nervous as we start this journey.
Here’s how you can prepare for the first day of your job.
Of course, you’ve done this bit during your interview(s), but when it comes to the first day of your job, taking a deeper dive is recommended. Search about the company’s history and its employees.
Are the stocks doing well? Is the company publicly traded? Has it ever had a layoff? How long has it been operating? Find information about your boss and your team members.
No, we’re not asking you to stalk, just get acquainted with the details, and you’ll be good.
Plan your work outfit by visiting the social media pages and website of the company. See if your company is business formal or business casual. Maybe it’s laid back, and wearing jeans isn’t something out of the blue. Depending on what you see, pick your dress. But if you have doubts, dress formally.
Get to your workplace at least 15-20 minutes early. If you’re unsure about how much time it’ll take for you to reach there, practice it a few times during rush hour 3-4 days before. This will help you prepare for the unknown.
But reaching early doesn’t mean you rush to your building, wait patiently at a nearby coffee shop until the time your HR or new boss asked you to show up.
Come up with some basic lines regarding yourself, especially if your work history is complex. This will ensure you don’t twist your tongue during the inevitable 100 times you’ll be introducing yourself. Maybe develop an elevator speech, it'll help you a lot!
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