First Day of the Rest of Your Life

By, 11/13/2012

Starting a new job can be incredibly nerve-wracking. Even if you aced the interview, you’ll likely have butterflies when you first walk through the door as an official employee. Here are some tips for easing your nerves and cruising through that first workday.

  1. Get enough sleep the night before. Hopefully (especially if your sleep schedule will drastically change), you’ve been working on assimilating to your new wake up time. If not, try to plan ahead to prevent oversleeping—or undersleeping!
  2. Err on the side of professionalism—with your attire. You probably have an idea of the company’s dress code by your first day, but a good first impression is always helpful to future success. So be sure to iron out those wrinkles, polish those shoes, and dress to impress.
  3. Smile. Yes, even when it’s 8 a.m. and your coffee’s wearing off. Presenting a cheerful demeanor can help you make new contacts. Positive people tend to make lasting impressions.
  4. Pay attention and take notes. You’re going to learn a lot today. Focusing on each lesson and noting important concepts for future reference will only help.
  5. Unwind after the day’s done. Congratulations! You successfully navigated your first day. Make sure to take an hour or so to and relax. It’ll better help you mentally prepare for your second day than rehashing first day details.