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How To Prepare For Day One Of Your New Job

You got the call, negotiated a salary and amazing benefits and finally landed your dream role- congratulations! This is the time for positivity and optimism. To keep this positivity ball rolling, there are a few things you might want to do to ensure you give good impressions on your first day on the job.

Your first day is so important and sets the tone for your job going forward, but don’t worry! Here are a few simple tips to have a smooth running first day.

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Plan your Commute

 Plan your journey using Google Maps to see roughly how long the journey is going to take. You may also want to see if there is on-site parking and account for rush hour traffic. Try to be there 10 minutes early to allow you time to get to your designated workspace and to give you time to prepare and set up for the day.

Dress To Impress

You ideally want to match the company’s dress code and wear comfortable shoes especially if you are on your feet a lot during the day. Another helpful item to wear is a watch to check the time without looking like you’re on your phone. If you’re unsure of the dress code, go to the companies website, social media pages or email the person you have been liaising with when sending across your personal information from human resources.

Remember Names

 On your first day, you will more than likely meet lots of people. Try to remember the names especially of your superiors and close co-workers. If you are someone who struggles with names, there are lots of little tricks out there to help you get better at remembering. This will hopefully make the next few days less awkward when passing them in corridors or working on a project with them.

Be friendly

Being polite, approachable and friendly are such easy but underrated ways to make a good impression at work. As people ask more about you, give answers that require some thought rather than a straight ‘yes or no’. As you get to know your co-workers, ask questions about them and the connections will come from the little details. Try to smile (naturally) as much as you can to show your co-workers that you're excited to meet them, as well as being pleasant to them.

Ask Lots of Questions

 Being inquisitive demonstrates that you are willing to learn and have a desire to succeed. As the learning curve will be steep in the first few weeks of the job, ask as many relevant questions as possible to avoid making unnecessary mistakes in the future. This could be as simple as asking which task holds the highest priority or when the work needs to be completed. This can help you plan your day and avoid missing important deadlines.

Bring and Eat Lunch with your co-workers

If your co-workers show you where they eat or invite you to lunch, grab the opportunity and go! Lunch is a great way to get to know your colleagues in a more casual setting. This can help you learn more about each other and possibly even get more information as to how the office runs.



Your first day can be nerve-wracking but it can also be really positive and exciting. No matter how big or small, every task is an opportunity to learn, grow and paint yourself in a way that is advantageous and gives off a good impression. You also will have goals for the role and it is important you give yourself the best chance of achieving these things. Start off on a good note and you could be in this role a long time!

Want those first day feels?

If you would like to secure your dream role and prepare for your first day on the job, talk to our experts at a time that suits you. Book a free careers consultation with us and we will guide you through:

  • Your career and options
  • Jobs and opportunities around where you are willing to commute
  • Salary and packages offered for your experience
  • Developing an attention-grabbing CV and cover letter
  • Interview guidance

Get in touch with us today! Simply email [email protected] or call 01-5673123.

Posted on 04 February 2022
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