Your first day of work (or first month) is very intense, especially your first one after graduation. There are going to be butterflies and maybe even nausea, I guarantee it. Hopefully, this will be able to eliminate some of the anxiety and turn it into pure excitement.

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First, lets tackle how you should look. Personally, business professional is the way to go on your first day, with the ability to take off your jacket to turn it casual in case you really stick out in a suit. Dressing too nice is not a real thing, but not dressing well enough is the easiest way to make a bad impression. You want to make sure you show that you care and that you mean business.

The number 1 main rule, that you NEED to follow when it comes to your first day: DO NOT WEAR BRAND NEW SHOES.

I am not kidding. Your first day is going to consist of a lot of walking like around the entire office and meeting everyone and learning who does what, walking to your manager/boss’ office to ask questions (because you are going to have a lot), or who knows what. The last thing you want is to be worried about your feet hurting all day, getting blisters, or walking like a newborn deer because your heels are too high.

What to Bring

You are going to be told a lot of information at your first day at work, so make sure you show up ready for that. Bring a notepad and a pen and have it readily accessible. From how to answer the phone to who is the head of accounting, you are going to learn a lot.

If you want, categorize your notes by people, tasks, and other important information so you can quickly flip back to it while you are still learning the ropes.

You also should check with your supervisor beforehand if you are going to be using your own computer or tools for this position. Many mechanic jobs don’t provide tools and the individual owns their own and I had to use my own laptop for the first month of a graphic design job.

How to Prepare

First, you should know a lot about the company that you work for. Go through every page of their website just so you can confidently be prepared to start learning about how it all works.

Now, make sure you are starting your first day of work right. Go to bed early and wake up with some time to calmly get ready and get mentally prepared. Also, eat breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day.

Here is the one thing you should always do before entering a stressful/exciting/new/important situation: Sit down and imagine the perfect scenario for the day. See yourself walking into your new place of employment with a smile on your face (15 minutes before you actually start) and greeting your boss. See yourself learning about the company and asking great questions and politely meeting your new coworkers. Imagine sitting at a desk and excitedly learning more about the company. Get as detailed in your head as possible. It is very important to start your day with a positive attitude and mindset that great things are going to happen.

Make sure you know your lunch situation. This may be and odd way to state it, but it is what it is. Do you get 30 minutes or an hour for lunch? Do most people leave the office or pack their lunch? My advice is to pack a sandwich or something that can keep in a lunchbox. This way, you are prepared to eat something and get back to getting introduced, but you also can go out to eat with your boss and just throw the sandwich away or eat it later. No matter what, you don’t want to go through the day starving because you were too anxious to ask for a lunch break to leave and go find something.

Have questions ready for your boss. Yes, you go through your interview and the job is yours, but being curious shows your desire to learn and connect with people. Don’t take the entire day to ask questions, but organically have some things you want to know.

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I want to add in some quick tips to have the best first day of work ever.

  • Smile. It is the best way to make a good impression.
  • Have an elevator pitch ready about yourself – you are going to be telling a lot of people who you are.
  • Plan to show up at least 15 minutes early – your commute is new and you never know what the traffic is going to be like!
  • Breathe. Seriously.
  • Pay attention to how decisions are made. What is the flagpole that a decision has to run up and where are you on it?
  • Have high energy. Don’t chug three espressos or anything, but be alert and excited.
  • Put your phone on silent and turn the vibrate off. This is your first day, do not give off the impression that you have to have a cell phone in your hand at all times.
  • Nod your head when people talk to you. Communicate that you understand and care about what they are saying.
  • Take notice of who does the most work in the office and plan to emulate their behaviors. Don’t base your work ethic off of the employees are just there for a paycheck and don’t have any motivation.

All in all, to have a successful first day at work, you should become prepared, look good, and be excited (not anxious) for this new opportunity. Congratulations on your new job, and make sure TO HAVE FUN WITH IT!! Don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t go so perfect and you didn’t get a promotion on the first day.

About Kristin
Kristin is the founder of Milwaukee Millennial. She works full time at a college business organization mentoring future CEOs while also handling the entire organization’s marketing. Using the knowledge gained from her job, as well as love for social media, she wants to help you live your best life and never settle. Her motto: as soon as you are unhappy, it’s time for a change.

About Kristin
Kristin is the founder of Milwaukee Millennial. She works full time at a college business organization mentoring future CEOs while also handling the entire organization’s marketing. Using the knowledge gained from her job, as well as love for social media, she wants to help you live your best life and never settle. Her motto: as soon as you are unhappy, it’s time for a change.

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