Starting a new job can be challenging, it takes us back to a nervous, childlike state just like our first day of school.
Will my work colleagues like me, do I need to get a bus then a train to get there on time, what am I going to wear!?
The truth is some of these stresses can be eliminated by making sure you are super prepared for your first day in your new role.
Have faith in the fact that many candidates went for the role, but you are the one they wanted. You secured this job all on your own, and within a day or two you will make friends, find the local cool lunch spot to hang and look back in a few months at your first-day jitters and realise it was nothing more than the first day toward your new life!
1. Make sure you have handy your tax file number, bank account details, ABN and ID
Usually, HR will walk you through the office and introduce you to everyone. If they haven't mailed you them already, they will then seat you and give you your forms to fill in to ensure you are paid. Being prepared with the above shows your employee that you are on top of your game and we all know those first impressions last!
2. Know where you're going
The week before you start your new job take the time to get yourself to your new office using public transport.
Make sure you know which method of public transportation you are using, what the timetables look like, where you need to board and depart and what time you will need to wake up to ensure you aren’t late to your first day.
A trial run will do you the world of good and take any of the guesswork out of how to get to your new place of work. If you are driving the same applies, how long will the journey take in peak hour, where will you park when you get there?
Preparation is key people!
3. Ensure you are looking sharp on your first day of work
It shows that you not only care but that you are taking your new job seriously. I’m sure most of you are fashion savvy and understand the difference between business attire and party clothes, but it is essential you are well groomed and dressed appropriately for your first day and every day. Top tip for the ladies, if you plan on wearing heels in the office pack some flats in your handbag for the commute to and from work. Blisters are not our friends.
4.Get the right gadgets to boost productivity.
The most important tool you will always have on you is your smartphone which you will use for anything from accessing information, calendar reminders for meetings and accessing emails while on the go.
Buy yourself a charger to keep in the office, so you are always contactable and ready for anything your new employers throw at you.
5. Buy a workbook or diary to keep track of your tasks and to-do lists
This was life for me in any jobs I have had, I would write down every morning that days to do list then strike them off with a pink highlighter when they were done.
We are human; we forget things the best way to track everything is to write it all down. If your boss calls you in for a chat, take your workbook with you and write down the tasks they give you then and there, the book is also great to have come review time as you can remind yourself of the tasks and things you have done for the whole year.
6. Make sure you get a good nights sleep before your first day and project high energy
Show enthusiasm when meeting your new work colleagues, shake their hands, make eye contact and do your best to remember their names.
Body language is also a huge one, make sure you sit tall and stay off your phone for anything personal while at your desk. You are the new kid on the block that day, and people will show interest in you and what you are doing so make sure you leave a positive, lasting impression.