10 Tips to Start Your New Job Off on the Right Foot

By Nicole Hogger

You’ve aced the interview and landed your ideal role. It’s the night before the big day at your new workplace and you are eager to make a great first impression. So, how do you prepare for the morning ahead?

1. Lay out your outfit

 You already made a great first impression at your interview, but now you want to make sure you look the part for your first day. Make sure your best outfit is ironed and ready to go, so you aren’t scrambling around in the morning looking for something to wear!

 2. Plan your breakfast

In your previous role, you may have popped into a local coffee shop every morning for your breakfast, or not eaten breakfast at all. To avoid being late, flustered over what to eat in the morning, or feeling starving as soon as you get to work, start your morning off right by preparing your breakfast the night before.

3. Set an alarm and plan your commute

Check your starting time, then set your alarm so you have enough time to wake up and commute, making sure to arrive 15 minutes before you start. This will certainly impress your new boss, and will save you rushing around and feeling flustered in the morning.

 4. Organise all important documents...

HR has probably given you a checklist of things to bring in, which may include a passport, bank details or any other important pieces of paperwork. Even if you haven’t been asked for the documents, it’s a good idea to bring them in regardless.

 5...Then pack your bag

 Pack away all your important documents, along with all the office essentials you may need. A jumper in case your new co-workers like the office cold, some money for lunch, and some snacks if you don’t have time to go out and grab lunch.

 6. Prepare some small talk topics

 You are going to be meeting a lot of new people tomorrow, so if you struggle with making small talk, it is handy to plan some topics to discuss such as what you did over the weekend, sports you enjoy etc. This will save any awkward pauses or blurted out comments which you wish you never said!

 7. Do one last bit of stalking

If you are anything like me, you will have a hard time remembering all the different names of your new colleagues tomorrow. Use LinkedIn to search your new company’s page, and take a look at those in your office and what their roles are.

8. Collect a couple of questions or ideas you might have

 Spend some time researching your company’s website, or looking through a job description if you’ve been provided one. You will impress your manager by appearing proactive and taking an interest in your new company and role.

9. Write down a reason you took the job

 If you start to feel overwhelmed and panic over starting your new job, take a proverbial note out of the gratitude journaling book; write down at least one reason why you took this new job. When you start to panic again, breathe, and look at your list to reassure yourself.

10. Get some sleep

 It may feel like the last thing on earth you want to do right now, but you need to have a good night’s sleep to feel on top of your game tomorrow morning. Lay off the caffeine tonight and relax! If you find it hard to wind down, we have some tips here.

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Posted on Wednesday Aug 8