Here’s a checklist so you don’t forget anything important whilst starting a new job!
1. Lay Out Your Outfit
By preparing from the night before you’ll avoid the hassle of waking up in a rush and trying to get ready in a certain period of time. If the office vibe is more casual than formal, it would be better to tone it down a bit rather than show up in a full suit. By doing so you will feel more comfortable as you won’t stick out. Dress to impress but don’t over do it.
2. Set Your Alarm and Plan Your Commute
The most important thing is to be on time. Especially on your first day – you don’t want to start on a bad note. Plan your commute so you can arrive at the very least 10 minutes earlier than you should. It is better to arrive 10 minutes earlier than 10 minutes late.
3. Figure Out Your Breakfast Situation
Preparing a good breakfast will determine how you feel the first half of your day – so start off your day by having a good hearty breakfast to keep you energized.
4. Collect All Your Necessities
Incase HR has not sent you a list of things to bring in; prepare the necessities. It is always a good idea to carry a Photo ID with you/some sort of identification, a copy of your agreement in case you have any questions.
5. Pack Your Bag
have a work bag separate than your daily bag with essentials you would need. This could include: a phone charger, a notebook, a pen, any toiletries (toiletries offices don’t necessarily provide). You could pack lunch as well so you’re well prepared for your lunch break or a light snack.
6. Do One Last Bit of Stalking
Make sure to look up your fellow coworkers names to know who’s who exactly and what they do. Moreover, be well aware of what the company does exactly to avoid any potential mishaps on your first day. Write down a list of names of the people you’d be interested in becoming friends with and invite them out to coffee one day.
7. Prepare Small Talk Topics
Incase you are nervous or more of a shy person – prepare conversational topics to try to get to know your coworkers a little better. It’ll save you from the typical conversations that people normally have when they first start working, or potential awkward silences.
8. Gather a Couple of Questions or Ideas You May Have
Have a list of potential questions to ask your boss about the company, or prepare a couple of ideas about the possible projects your new job could entail. Doing so will surely leave a good impression on your new bosses.
9. Write Down One Reason You Took This Job
Once you start working it’s easy to lose track of why you chose to take on this role because you might be stressed and tired and not used to the routine. By writing down what made you take this job in the first place, you can remind yourself of it in a couple of weeks or months or years, and that itself will keep you motivated.
10. Get Some Sleep!
Get plenty of rest and try to go to bed at a reasonable hour. You don’t want to start your first day, lethargic and exhausted. Being well rested will keep your energy levels up and help you stay focused.
Last but not least, be yourself. You’re starting a new journey and the best way to do that is by completely being you.