Preparing for a New Job: How to Prepare the Day Before Your First Day

July 30, 2008 by Lauren Romano  
Published in Work

The day before your first day at a new job can be stressful. You possibly start questioning yourself, you wonder what the new job will be like and you consider the fact that you may not know as much about your new job as you think you do. The first day at a new job isn’t as rough as you always hype it up to be before you actually start. When you prepare step by step, you increase your chances of having a great day that goes well.

The day before your first day at a new job can be stressful. You possibly start questioning yourself, you wonder what the new job will be like and you consider the fact that you may not know as much about your new job as you think you do. If you are going to be starting a new job, here are some tips for how to prepare the day before your first day.

Give yourself a pep talk! You already got the job so obviously they like you and what you have to contribute. Don’t underestimate yourself, you were chosen to have this job for a reason. Psyching yourself out will only contribute to a rough first day. The better you feel about yourself, the better you will handle things.

Choose your outfit that you’re going to wear and actually put it on to see how it looks and feels. You definitely don’t want to wake up the morning of your new job and find out that your shirt has a stain on it or your pants are too tight. That then creates added stress because you have to find something new to wear. Put the outfit on, look at yourself in the mirror and take a walk around your room to make sure that it fits well.

Plan to get to bed earlier than normal. Since you’re going to be anxious and nervous, it may take you awhile to fall asleep. If you plan to go to bed even a half an hour earlier than normal, you have that extra time to fall asleep.

Give yourself a relaxing day instead of having to run around doing errands and plans. You need some time to yourself the day before starting a new job in order make sure you are relaxed for your first day. You should be able to do what makes you calm, whether it is taking a bath, watching a movie or curling up with a good book.

Make sure you write down the address to your new job along with directions of how to get there. Send it to your cell phone as well. I once left without the directions and had to call someone to get into my email to check it. If you run out of your house and forget the written paper, at least you have the information that you need on your cell phone instead of having to rush back to the house or having to call your house to have someone get it for you.

Do your research. Read any information that you can about the business that you will be working for. Not only will you be more aware of how the company runs, but you can learn about how the company got to where it is and its past. The more you know, the better chance you have of making an even better impression.

The first day at a new job isn’t as rough as you always hype it up to be before you actually start. When you prepare step by step, you increase your chances of having a great day that goes well.

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