Congrats! You officially landed a new job. You are probably feeling a mix of emotions, from happiness and excitement to nervousness and uneasiness. All of these feelings are common—and well warranted—but there is one proven way to ease your nerves a bit: be prepared.
Beyond knowing the appropriate dress code and discussing your time of arrival with your new boss, here are four things to make the most of your first day.
Map out your commute
If you are taking public transportation to your new job, it may be best to physically take that route once before your first day. There could be unexpected delays that you weren’t aware of before, and doing the commute once through before your start date will prevent you from added stress and the dreaded horror of being late. If you are driving, just be sure that you map out where to go and exactly how long it will take you at the specific time and day you plan to leave. A commute on a Saturday is not nearly the same as a commute on a Monday!
Do your research
You probably already did your research before your interview, but now that you have the job, consider digging in a bit deeper. Go on Linkedin and try to find some of your coworkers so you’re better prepared when you’re introduced to a ton of people in a small time frame. You may also want to go over your job description a few more times to get a better idea of what your first day will look like. The more prepared you are coming in, the better you will feel throughout the day.
Gather your supplies
Need to bring your own computer? Make sure it’s working properly, fully charged and equipped with any programs you may need. If a computer is provided for you, still make sure you bring a pen and paper with you to write down notes should you be called into a meeting. If the company gave you papers to fill out beforehand, be sure to bring those, too!
You probably have a ton of nerves leading up to your first day. Try to calm them by practicing meditation (there are easy-to-use apps right on your phone!), taking a yoga class the night before or simply relaxing while watching a T.V. show or reading a book that takes your mind elsewhere. Be sure to get to sleep early and get up early—you want to be fully awake and ready to start your new career.
If you are looking for new hires, or an employee looking for a new job, contact The Goodkind Group to see how we can help. You can reach us at 212-378-0700 or visit our website to learn more about our services.