10 Ways To Slay On Your First Day At A New Job

By Peta Brady
10th Oct 2019

first day at work tips

Look at you go, you’ve landed your dream job! Ok, so maybe it’s not your dream job, but it is a new job nonetheless, and you want to make a good first impression, right? We get it, it’s a stressful time—everything seems daunting, and there are so many things to think about before you even step through the door. What to wear, where to go, what’s my name again…

Well fear not, we’ve got your back on this one. Here are our top 10 tips for making sure your first day on the job is a good one, and not one you’d rather forget.

Suss Out The Transport

And make sure you give yourself enough time to get there—preferably a bit early (but not too early!) If you’re driving, map out the best route and then plan out an alternative just in case there’s traffic, or a herd of cows on the road, or whatever. If you’re using public transport, make sure your card is all topped up and ready to go, or that you’ve got the right change for the bus.

Get Your Outfit Sorted

Racing around first in the morning trying on outfits and despairing over the fact that, once again, your wardrobe is full of clothes but you seem to have nothing to wear is a scenario that’s best avoided. Do yourself a favour and pick out your clothes the night before, and make sure you actually try them on. How many times have you put together an outfit in your head only to find it makes you look like a potato in real life. TOO MANY TIMES.

Get A Good Night's Sleep

That first coffee might be further away than you think, and you really don’t want to be yawning your way through the first day. Make sure you try to get a good sleep the night before so you’re awake and good to go when you get there. That said, if you’re addicted to coffee like the rest of us, grab a cup on the way (and finish it before you arrive), or have one at home before you head off. Just remember your breath mints!

Go For Stylish But Comfortable Shoes

 If you’re not used to wearing stilettos or Oxfords, there’s absolutely no need to put yourself through that kind of unnecessary stress (and pain) on your first day. You’re bound to have a much better time if you’re nice and comfy and not constantly thinking about your aching feet. Go for something that’s stylish, comfortable, and appropriate for your new workplace.

Set Your Phone To Silent

Someone is bound to call to find out how your first day is going—most likely at the worst time ever—and the last thing you need is your phone going nuts in your bag while you’re trying to chat with your new boss. Itt’s just not a good look. Keep your phone on silent and check it when you have a break.

BYO Pen And Notebook

Sure, most half decent employers will provide you with a basic starter kit on day one, but sometimes you don’t get a tour of the stationery cupboard right away. Make sure you’ve got your own pen and notepad handy in case you need to write something down—no need to embarrass yourself by frantically searching for a bit of scrap paper or asking to lend a pen. Being organised will always win you points.

Forget The Personal Stuff

Yes, it’s tempting to bring a bunch of stuff from home for your new desk, but it’s probably a good idea to find out where your desk even is before you start decorating it with pictures of you and your love on holiday in the South Pacific. Bring out your inner minimalist until you’ve settled in.

Ditch Your Lunch

Bringing your lunch from home might’ve been the norm at your old job, but give it a day or two before you do the same at your new one—it’s more than likely that your boss or team will want to take you out and play ‘get to know the new kid’. Also, wandering around with a Tupperware container before you know where the fridge is screams "I'm the new guy".

Nail Your Elevator Pitch

Even if there’s no actual elevator, you’re going to need a bit of backstory for anyone who happens to ask. Who you are, which team you’re working in, where you worked before—that sort of thing. There's nothing worse than being put on the spot with a, “So, who are you and what are you doing here” and having to fumble around in your already at-capacity brain for the perfect professional-yet-witty response.

Play Nice

Because life’s too short to work with jerks, and rolling up with an attitude isn’t going to win you any friends, or help you keep the job you’ve just landed. Get yourself off to the best possible start by making like a nice human. It’s not that hard, is it?

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Image credit: Roman Bozhko on Unsplash

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