How to prepare for the first day of a new job

The first day in a new job is always the toughest one: nerves at an all-time high and even the slightest things tipping off the delicate attention span. As making a positive first impression in a new workplace is crucial, properly preparing yourself for the first day can boost your confidence and help you navigate the challenges ahead. As such, here are some essential tips to keep in mind to ensure you can make the most of your first day in a new job. 

Do prior research

Before going to your workplace on the first day, make sure to adequately research the company you will be working for. Familiarise yourself with its mission, values, products, and services. Understanding the company’s culture and goals will demonstrate your interest and commitment. Of course, be sure to learn about your role in the company: What are you supposed to do? Who will you be working under? Who are your co-workers? Keep yourself updated with any recent news that may be relevant to your role.

Dress for the occasion

The right fit goes a long way in establishing a positive first impression, especially to higher-ups. Be sure to choose an outfit that appropriately fits your company’s dress code. If you’re unsure, it’s better to err on the side of formality and dress professionally. Be sure not to overdress either. Keep it simple and formal, as expected in a professional environment. Remember, dressing appropriately shows that you respect the company’s culture and take your new job seriously.

Have a good commute plan

If you’re living in Dhaka, chances are you will be stuck in traffic jams for a long time if you’re travelling a long distance. As such, be sure to beat the rush hour and plan your route accordingly beforehand. To be on the safe side, head out 30-40 minutes earlier than needed, as random congestions can make you late on your first day of work – a scenario you should absolutely try to avoid. Arriving on time or even a bit early on your first day is essential to reduce unnecessary stress and show your punctuality.

Pack essentials 

For your first day, you may be expected to show your employer additional documents or proof of identification. As such, keep those important documents with you in case they are requested. Additionally, pack your bag with things such as a notepad, pen, water bottle, power bank, and anything else you considered essential when being outdoors for a long time. Being prepared and organised for your first day will set a welcome precedent for the days to come. 

Practice self-introduction

One thing you have to do a lot on your first day at work is introduce yourself. Whether it be colleagues, bosses, or clients – everyone will want to know who you are, and as such, practising self-introductions beforehand can help a lot. Try going for a brief and friendly introduction that includes your name, your role, and a positive statement about how excited you are to join the team. This will make the first encounters with your new coworkers more comfortable and memorable.

Maintain a positive attitude

Approach your first day with a positive and open mindset. It’s normal to feel nervous but remind yourself of your skills, experiences, and accomplishments that led you to this new opportunity. Also, keep in mind that you’re still learning about the company, its culture, and the people you’ll be working with, so avoid making assumptions too quickly. Keep yourself open to meeting new people and learning new things. Be patient and take the time to understand the dynamics of your new workplace.

Be a good listener

The first day in a new job comes with a bombardment of new information. Coworkers will constantly tell you about what to do, where to go, and how to handle your everyday job. You will also be expected to attend orientations and meetings – occasions where you need to attentively listen to details. A good way to handle a lot of new information is to regularly take notes. Show that you can retain new details – a trait that will demonstrate your eagerness to learn and handle new challenges.

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