How to Survive Your First Day of Work

It’s the day before your first day of work…this is an opportune time to start prepping! It’s always good to be prepared so you aren’t frazzled and disorganized right off the bat. After all, no one likes looking like the newbie in the office.   Here are some tips to help you fit right in and look like a Pro-fessional.

Step 1: Pack a quiet, non-messy lunch.

Why?  Well, you don’t want to be known as the cruncher when you’re snacking in the office. And you don’t want to pack a lunch that could stain or spill on your fresh work digs. So be sure to leave the spaghetti at home!

Step 2: Layout your work wardrobe the night before.

Why?  That way you aren’t stressing in the morning about wrinkled clothing or running late to work because your closet distracted you.

Step 3: Set that alarm clock!

Why?   One of the worse things that could ever happen is being late to your first day of work! Plus being calm, cool, and collected as soon as you get there gives off a better vibe as opposed to sweaty, anxious, and rattled!

Step 4: Prepare to network and be social.

Why?  A huge chunk of the first day involves meeting many new people. So it’s good, especially if your shy, to be mentally ready to strike up a conversation.

Step 5: Figure out how you’re getting to work and plan accordingly. (Have a plan B!)

Why?  Similar to the reasoning for laying out your clothes, so you aren’t late. It’s never fun to have a ride cancel on you the morning of your first day, ‘cause how are you going to get to work now? It’s good to be prepared and have a general idea of where you’re going and having a reliable source of transportation.

Step 6: Do general research on your position and the company.

Why?  It’s good to have some general knowledge of the company, to know what your role entails, that way there are limited surprises on your first day. Plus it shows initiative to be prepared and already have some ideas to bring to the table.

Step 7: Give yourself a pep talk.

Why?  I know this sounds goofy, but trust me you’ll thank me later! We are all our own worse critique, so the best thing we can do is run through all in our minds the positive things that we can offer. This helps give ourselves some confidence and allows our minds to be more at peace before bed.

Step 8: Get a good night’s sleep!!!

Why?  You don’t want to be falling asleep during orientation or constantly refueling your waning energy with coffee! So make sure you go to bed at decent hour and wake up early, with plenty of time to get ready.  Awake refreshed and confident that you won’t be over tired, hassled or running late.  You are ready to be confident and poised on your first day!

The first day sure can be stressful. So just try to prepare accordingly and give yourself plenty of leeway to not be stressing all night and all morning. Most importantly, be confident in yourself! You wouldn’t have gotten this far in the job market if you were qualified and talented enough! So congrats on the new job, and good luck with your first day! You’re going to do great!

Meet our Author!

By Aambermber Kukiela | Amber is the Candidate Experience Specialist for Sutherland Global Services. She has a diverse background in marketing and has worked with Welch Allyn Inc. and the New York Family Business Center. She is a recent graduate of Le Moyne College where she majored in Business Marketing and minored in Philosophy and Art Administration. During her time at Le Moyne, she was a sprinter and high jumper for the NCAA track and field team. Since then, she has been running in 5k races around the Central NY area. When not running, she dabbles in photography, painting, and illustrating. She also enjoys baking and cooking and uses her coworkers as taste testers.

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