Congratulations! You’ve impressed the hiring manager and just landed your dream job or internship.
Now time to think about your first day. You may have been introduced to your boss and some colleagues during your interview, but they likely do not remember you as well as you think. Making a good first impression is imperative for your success in your new position. This article will go over some useful items you should prepare for your first day so that you impress your future managers and co-workers with your thoroughness.
Notebook or tablet
Even if you know that you will be supplied with everything you need, including a computer and office essentials, you should still bring a notebook or fully-charged tablet to your first day. This gives the impression that you are immediately ready to work.
Moreover, as you go through your day, you will learn new things – common passwords, useful contacts, the location of the break room – and need to jot them down. At the end of the day, debrief yourself: what have you learned, who you met, what you did today, and what you have planned for tomorrow. Taking your own notes will allow you to transition more smoothly from the first day to the second.
If you have no idea what the company culture is, do some research. Start-ups may lean more towards casual wear, while larger, more established companies require employees to dress more formally, with perhaps one day a week for casual clothes.
You can also think back to your interview: what kind of clothes did the hiring manager wear? If you were given a tour of the office, what kind of clothes did the employees wear? If you are absolutely unsure, consider speaking to the hiring manager. You do not want to be the new guy and the guy wearing flip flops in a conservative office.
You may not necessarily know the lunch protocol of your new office. Regardless, the best idea is to bring a lunch.
If your new co-workers go out to buy lunch, go with them. This will help you get to know them better and vice versa. You want to seem like one of them as soon as possible and start to form close relationships. Furthermore, this will help familiarize you with the local area. The lunch you brought can become a mid-afternoon snack or be saved for the next day.
On the other hand, if your co-workers have all brought their lunch, you’re covered. Just make sure you join them in the break room.
SIN and official ID
Your may not be diving into the meat of your work on your very first day. It is likely that you will be paying a visit to HR, where a lot of paperwork – your job contract, non-disclosure agreement, tax forms – may be waiting for your attention and signature.
Be prepared by bringing along your SIN and at least two pieces of official, government-issued ID (for example, a driver’s license and passport). That way, you can complete all the paperwork on your first day, rather than having to either take the paperwork home or come back to HR the next day. This demonstrates that you have foresight and can take initiative to complete tasks.
A lot of workplaces today are patrolled by security guards and other security devices. It is likely that you will be issued a security badge, for which you need to have your photo taken. These photos almost never turn out well, so if you’re allowed, bring a copy of a good, clear headshot on a USB. Not only will your badge look nice, but you have again shown your new colleagues that you have thought ahead and prepared accordingly to ensure you maximize the amount of time you could be working.
Your first day of a new job or internship can be nerve-wracking, but you can reduce your stress by thinking ahead. Come prepared with an enthusiastic attitude, and you are sure to make a great first impression.