How to Prepare for Your First Day of Work

By TERRA Staffing Group

Posted on January 23, 2024


Professional woman looking up at building on first day at new job.

Starting a new job can be exciting—and a little nerve-racking.

There’s a lot of pressure to start strong and make a good impression.

So, how can you get ready for your first day of work and leave those first-day jitters behind?

We’ll share what you can do to feel calm, confident and ready for your first day.

Tips for a successful first day at work

Take control of your time.

One of the biggest stressors for most people on their first day of work is time. But if you manage your time well, you’ll feel focused and present.

Here are a few things you can do to be in control of your time on your first day:

  • Plan to get an early start. Waking up earlier than you need to will give you extra time to get ready without rushing. When you’re not in a hurry, you can get into the right mindset before starting your new job. (Setting a backup alarm can be a lifesaver.)
  • Think about what to wear. Preparing your first-day outfit ahead of time means one less thing to think about the day of. If your job is in-person, it will help you to leave on time. Choose an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and professional, and lay out your entire outfit—down to the socks! (Your future self will thank you!)
  • Plan your route or test your devices. If you’re going to the workplace, knowing your route in advance will make your commute smoother. Better yet, test your route before your first day to gauge how long it takes. If you’re a remote worker, set up your workspace in advance. Make sure that your devices are working and install any necessary applications.

Review the information given to you.

Being clear on what is expected of you will help your first day at work go smoothly.

Here’s what you need to cover:

  • Dress code: Review the company’s dress code in case they have specific requirements. Don’t have this information? Dress more formally, as it’s generally easier to adjust to a more relaxed work environment.
  • Job duties: Review your job description, including your responsibilities and tasks. Understand who you’ll report to and how your job fits into the company’s structure. Knowing your job well will enable you to hit the ground running and make an impact from day one.
  • Company culture: Brush up on the company’s mission and values. You can find this information on their website, social media, and shared materials.

Create a checklist of things to pack.

Make a list of the things you want to bring with you and consider packing them in advance. If you have a desk, is there a token from home that would make your workspace feel more comfortable?

Bring lunch and snacks with you, too (or find out where food is available nearby).

Here’s a sample checklist to help you pack smartly:

  • Your ID
  • Employment documents (contract or offer letter)
  • Chargers for your devices
  • Supplies you might need on the job, be it stationary supplies or tools.
  • Anything your employer asked you to bring.

Remember, your first day is all about getting settled in and showing your enthusiasm for the job. Follow these steps, stay positive, and you’re sure to have a great first day at your new job!

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