First things first, you deserve a round of applause because you got the job!
Congratulations! Your job search may be over, but now the real work is just beginning. With all of the excitement that comes with landing a new job, an equal amount of anxiety can start building up fast. Long story short – first impressions are hard. Questions about company culture, unwritten rules, job responsibilities and a whole host of uncertainties are only natural before the first day on the job.
To make sure you’re confident and prepared, here’s a handy checklist for the first day at a new job. Review the items below, and feel free to print it out before heading to the office:
Confirm the date, time and location for your first day with your company contact. Also confirm who will be your direct report for the day (he/she may be different than your current contact.)
Double check that your outfit is professional and meets company wardrobe guidelines.
Come prepared with documentation in order to fill out forms, such as driver’s license, social security card and bank account information for direct deposit forms
Pack a pen and paper for taking notes
Have a 30 second autobiography prepared of your career history and what brought you to the company (you’ll be meeting a lot of new coworkers!)
Review your commute to the office. If possible, take a test run prior to your first morning to get a feel for timing when the pressure is off.
Don’t forget your alarm! Make sure you have enough time for a relaxed morning of preparation.
Most importantly, remember to bring a positive attitude!
Long hours and hard work went into finding and landing this job, so take this opportunity to get excited and show your enthusiasm for your new role! First days are always challenging (remember grade school?), but a little preparation can go a long way.
Do you have any tips or stories about starting at a new job? We’d love to hear your first day experiences in the comment section below!