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One day, your first ‘real’ job will happen. You need some tips for SURVIVING your first day at work First we talked about job hunter rejection. Then you actually got the job and all was golden. You celebrated your new job with friends. Then it dawns on you, you have to go to work!
Most of us will work in whatever comes along in order to pay the bills. It’s just one of those things that’s kind of part of adulthood. Jobs pay for the boring stuff (like towels) and the fun stuff (like wine). Your first day on the job can be a minefield.
New clothes even.
So we have some tips for you. After all that’s what we do. Tips for surviving, thriving even, on your first day at a new job. Ways to be prepared so you don’t mess up before you even get there. You’re welcome. What can I say, we’ve got your back.
Buses run late, so do trains and traffic happens. Know your alternative options. Roads get busy and accidents cause diversions. It sound a little bit like overkill, but do a dry run so you get to know the area before your first day. Remember though conditions can change between 9am Saturday morning and 7am Tuesdays. Check your parking options – free or paid? Does the pay take cards or notes or coins or all of them?
You don’t need the stress of running late. Check out these tips on how to wake up early if you need help! If you arrive early that allows some time for the settling in to happen, there might be paperwork or something to fill out. Arriving early that first day is important.
Something healthy with long-lasting energy is ideal. You may not know when your breaks will be so make sure you’re fuelled up and ready to go. The last thing you need is to hit a mid-morning slump and look like a slacker. Be powered up and ready to go.
This one is pretty much just personal preference; being somewhat of an introvert, I recharge best alone. So on my first day at a job I make sure I have some cash in my wallet to go out and grab something for lunch. I take a book and read, or listen to music. Just something where I can be alone with my thoughts.
Without being gory; if you eat out somewhere on your first day & don’t know the place, play it safe. Make sure it’s something that is of a low risk. Don’t eat something that might not agree with you. Any chance of it giving you an upset stomach later on is a bad thing – trust me!
Above all else, the main tips for SURVIVING your first day at work are just be happy, friendly and pay attention to your new surroundings. Most of all, be yourself. They hired YOU, so be yourself. Just the shiny, visit to Grandma version. Ask questions if you have them and don’t be afraid to use your voice. You’ll be part of the furniture in no time. Until then, good luck, keep your nose clean.