Whether you recently welcomed a little one (congrats!) and are returning to the workforce after an extended maternity leave or are a mom who just wanted a change of pace from their previous job, that first day at a new job can be nerve-wracking! What should you wear? What should you bring? Will you make an excellent first impression on your boss and coworkers? Will the work be easy to adjust to?
We know there’s a lot to think about, but stop and breathe! In this blog post, we’ll provide some expert tips on how to prepare for your first day at a new job so you can take your grand introduction to the workplace by storm.
Dress for Success
Dress codes vary from job to job. Some are casual and cool with T-shirts and jeans, while others will want you to dress more professionally. Typically, your employer will provide a company handbook that outlines what to wear, among other details about the job. But if you have yet to receive a manual or are generally unsure, you can’t go wrong with a button-up shirt paired with a modest skirt or a nice pair of pants. Once you arrive, you can ask your boss for more clarification on the dress code.
Pack the Essentials
You probably won’t need to bring much on your first day. But your work bag shouldn’t be empty—there are a few crucial things to pack in it. You’ll need your hiring documentation, ID, and banking information so your company can get you on the payroll and in other databases. It’s also a good idea to bring a notepad and pen to take notes with. A water bottle, snacks, plus lunch money or a pre-packed lunch will prevent embarrassing mid-day stomach rumbles. And while it’s not something to pack in your bag, you should also bring a friendly attitude and your A-game, so you make a great first impression.
Don’t Fret Over First Impressions
Speaking of first impressions, you might be terrified of making a bad one! But assuming your new company is made up of reasonable individuals, no one will harshly scrutinize or judge you. It’s a given that new hires will be a bit jittery and unused to the job. Don’t worry too hard about making mistakes or appearing nervous. We’ve all been there—we can all relate. As long as you’re friendly and putting your best foot forward, you’re on the right path. Your boss and coworkers will learn more about you and warm up to you with time.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Getting enough sleep before your first day is crucial, but that’s easier said than done. If you’re struggling to doze off, try relaxation techniques like meditative breathing, taking a warm bath, drinking hot milk or tea, or listening to soft music or white noise so you can get your beauty sleep and be well-rested for the long day ahead of you.
Hopefully, these tips on how to prepare for your first day at a new job will bolster your confidence and help you get ready for day number one. Starting a new career is always challenging, but you’ve got this. Go and show your new company how you shine!
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