1. Test drive the trip to your new office the night before.
You may THINK you know how long it takes to get there, but you’d be surprised. Take a quick trip from your home to your office the night before so you can plan accordingly.
2. Study the people in your company before the big day.
You’re going to meet a lot of people the first day, but wouldn’t it be nice to walk in already being able to put some names to faces? Study up on your coworkers on either the company website or professional social networks to get a basic understanding of who’s who.
3. Also, plan and prepare your outfit.
You want to look your best for the first day, but it’s the last thing you want to stress about. Pick an appropriate outfit the day before, and make sure it’s ironed and ready to go.
4. Clear your schedule so you have the whole day open.
You want to celebrate after your first day, but hold off on making any concrete plans just in case. You never know what can come up at work, and you want to be flexible.
5. Get up a little earlier than you normally would the day of.
Give yourself some time in the morning so you can be relaxed as you’re getting ready. This will give you time to eat breakfast, make sure you’re looking spiffy, and get mentally prepared for your awesome day.
6. Set out important documents you will need.
Most likely, you’re going to need to show your HR rep either your passport, or your driver’s license and social security card on your first day. Make sure you bring them along so you can get it out of the way.
7. Get there early, but not TOO early.
You want to make sure you show up on time, but if you get there too early your employer might not be prepared for your arrival. It’s recommended to get there 10 minutes early, which is just enough time to make a good first impression.
8. Bring a notebook.
Most offices will supply you with one on your first day, but you never know. Bring one just in case, and take it everywhere with you so you can jot down important notes during the day.
9. Have an understanding of how to fill out your tax forms.
First days usually mean you have to fill out a lot of paperwork, and you might not have time to think about it. Research information about tax forms before your big day so you know exactly what you’re doing.
10. Ask (a lot of) questions!
It’s your first day, and your employer is anticipating that you’ll ask questions like nobody’s business. Take advantage of it and don’t be afraid to ask away!
11. Pack a lunch just in case.
Who knows, your boss might take you out to lunch! Or your coworkers might invite you to join them at the taco truck down the street. But if it ends up being a busy day, be prepared so you don’t end your first day starving to death.
12. Use your downtime wisely.
You’ll find yourself having a lot of time to kill on your first day. Don’t spend it finding the best new recipes for chicken, make the most out of it. Research more of your company, poke around your workspace, and soak it all in.
13. And remember, it’s your FIRST DAY! Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
You want to impress a lot of people and make a good first impression, but understand that you’re still learning! People in your workplace understand you’re new, and you need to take things slowly to succeed.