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Now that the most difficult part has passed and you got a new job, you have to prepare to make a positive first impression. From knowing what to bring and deciding how to dress, to feeling new job anxiety, starting a new job can be nerve wrecking. But coming in prepared can help you feel more confident on your first day and make a great impression as you walk in the door.
Here are some tips so you can have an impactful first day:
Deciding how you will get to work is the first step to make sure you’re on time. If you have to drive, make sure to take into account the traffic and the routes you will have to take. If you are taking public transportation, make sure to know what is the fastest way to get there and if you have the necessary passes.
If you want to wake up feeling fresh in the morning, a good night of sleep is what you need. Make sure to plan ahead what time you will have to sleep to get a full night of sleep and set an alarm for an early time so you have time to get ready. Also avoid anything that may affect your ability to fall asleep or wake up, such as consuming alcohol or staying on your phone before bed.
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Preparing the day before for your big day will help you not rush and forget things in the morning. Take a few minutes to pick an outfit, and pack your bag and lunch with what you might need for your first day, such as documents, snacks and a water bottle. You can use this checklist to help you keep track of everything you’ll need.
First impressions are hard to let down, so make sure to be remembered for the right reasons. On your first day, arrive early, introduce yourself with firm handshakes and eye contact, get to know your coworkers and make sure to pay attention and show interest during new hire meetings.
It’s not only the first day that matters, keep up the good work throughout the first week, months and whole career by setting goals for yourself. The first week will likely be mostly getting adjusted to the role and the company, and familiarizing yourself with all the tools and people. Set goals so you can succeed at work, such as getting to know your peers by going out for lunch with them, making sure you have a scheduled set up so you won’t miss any deadlines and talk to your manager about what is expected from you in your role.
With these tips you can dodge new job anxiety and have a great first start of the job. If you want to learn more ways you can prepare yourself, check out Mint’s infographic below.