5 ways to prepare for your first day

Starting a new job is exciting, but it can be nerve-racking at the same time. It’s common to have those first day jitters. Take a deep breath and put your mind at ease. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for your first day!

Bring supplies.

Put a notebook and a couple of pens in your bag. Your new employer will probably supply you with these essentials but if for some reason they don’t, it’s good to be prepared. “Many training and hiring managers feel better teaching someone when they see that you are taking detailed notes – it creates a feeling that you are the right person for the job!” (Hannah Flint, CFS Oakbrook). After all, you’ll be learning a lot throughout the day and taking strong notes ensures that you won’t forget anything. You can also reference these in the future.


You landed the job, which means you’ve already researched the company and you’ve already familiarized yourself with the responsibilities of your new position. Have you researched your new co-workers though? Have you done any research since you accepted the offer? Ashley DeSimone, from our New York office, advises “taking a look on LinkedIn for the employees that are currently working there, reading information on Glassdoor, and checking Google to see if any new articles have been published online about your new company.” Although not required, it doesn’t hurt to be extra prepared for your first day.

Pick the perfect outfit.

After completing the interview process, you should have a good perspective on the company culture and overall office atmosphere. This understanding of the company is key when it comes to picking out your first-day outfit. You don’t want to be overdressed or underdressed.

“Think ahead to the attire you are planning on wearing for your first day and make sure it is clean, pressed, and easily accessible” (Patrick Senn, CFS Minneapolis). Lay out your clothes the night before; running around trying to find a specific shirt will only add unnecessary stress to your day.

Rest up.

The last thing you want to do is stay up all night watching your favorite TV show. “Get a good night’s sleep the night before, wake up early, and eat breakfast! It sounds silly but this sets you up to have a great day. You want to be alert and aware” (Coleen Trombley, CFS Hartford). This will ensure that you are ready for whatever your first day throws at you!

Map out your route.

You never want to be late. Do a test drive the week before to gauge your timing and to figure out the best route. Leave a little earlier than you normally would to avoid any unexpected delays. Punctuality leaves a big impression, especially on your first day.

My last piece of advice….don‘t stress! This is an exciting time in your career. Relax and get excited about this new experience!

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