The Survival Guide To Your First Day

Posted December 27, 2019

The first day at a new job is a bit like going to a foreign country for the first time; excitement mixed with a bit of nervous energy.

Just as every country is unique, every job situation is unique. Some organizations will go all-in on making the onboarding process upbeat, inspirational, and useful, while other companies might take a more passive approach. Regardless of your situation, the first day at a new job is a chance to engage with your new job and co-workers for the first time. Ideally, you should establish a good first impression that will follow you for weeks and months.

Below is a little 'survival' guide on how to navigate your unknown surroundings.

Preparation is Key

Just as with the job interview, the impression you make on your first day depends a lot on your homework. Proper preparation will increase the odds of your first day going smoothly, and it will set you up for the next few months.

Study your core job duties and the company website again to learn as much as possible about the business culture. Bring a folder to keep any documents you're given. Finally, get a solid night's sleep: It'll help you stay focused.

Be On-Time and Presentable

When it comes to what to wear, it's best if you take a conservative approach and dress up a little. As soon as you get a few days under your belt, you'll better understand what is suitable for your work environment, but for the first day, the best move is to show you've made an effort to look the part.

It's also a good idea to be punctual on the first day, even if you're asked to come in a bit later so your department can get your setup. Leave around half an hour sooner than you should to get there a bit early. The extra time will allow you to get to know your commute and the area around the company.

Be Proactive

It's not likely you'll be asked to contribute immediately, so take this opportunity to get organized, figure out your surroundings, and your strategy. Ask questions and take notes, so you don't have to ask the same question twice.


Also, take some time to figure out where you can start contributing as soon as you can. Organize and prioritize any onboarding responsibilities you might have. Focus on getting your feet wet if you're able to take the initiative or offer leadership.

Your first day is an opportunity to show you're a self-starter, and your new co-workers should appreciate your effort.

Get to Know People

Someone may take you around and introduce you to people, but don't count on that happening. It's best to assert yourself and meet as many people as you can. Concentrate on trying to remember names, especially those of your new colleagues.

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