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5 Things to Do Before You Start a New Job

The first day of a new job can be many things – exciting, unknown, intriguing – but “stressful” is commonly number one. Not only is it likely jampacked with meeting new faces and signing endless HR paperwork, but it is also the initial chance you are given to make an impression on your team and other colleagues. While feeling overwhelmed is easy, take a moment to breathe make a list of the major things you need to remember and / or accomplish that first day – Being prepared will help you show up to the office in confidence and at the top of your game. For starters, here are 5 things to do before tackling that big first day.

Do You Research
In addition to learning about the role you are about to walk into, you should also read up on the company – Where is it headquartered? When was it founded? What departments and teams make up the business structure? Taking interest in these various aspects will help familiarize you with the culture, while avoiding any awkward questions to your new manager.

Perfect Your Elevator Pitch
While your new team members likely won’t ask how you would like to move forward in your career, as this was already covered off on in the interview process, the rest of your colleagues will – Whether it is your boss’ boss, a team member you will be working closely with, or friendly conversation in the breakroom, someone will inquire about what jobs you’ve had in the past and how this one is an upward step in the right direction. Have your elevator speech in your back pocket for times like these, as well as for early on conversations with your direct manager on what projects interest you and those that will help you grow.

Have Conversation Starters
Although it may sound ingenuine, identify a few appropriate topics, work or non-work related, that you are comfortable talking about with strangers. These will come in handy if a conversation becomes dull or you are invited to lunch with a group of unfamiliar coworkers. Striking up conversation will show you are interested in getting to know your colleagues and not afraid or shy to chat with your peers around the office – Creating a friendly atmosphere can only help in these situations.

Pick Out Your Outfit
To avoid making too many decisions, causing yourself to be late, morning of, lay out your outfit before you go to bed the night prior. Always air on the side of business casual to ensure you are not underdressed or appear underprepared on your first day. Ultimately, this is a good habit to get into for the following days to save yourself time each morning – With this, you can arrive prompt and continue impressing your manager.

Set Your Alarm and Relax
Easier said than done right? For an ease of mind, set several alarms, so you do not need to worry about snoozing one and oversleeping. Additionally, take the necessary measures you need to relax the night before and stop your mind from overthinking. You already did the hard part by landing the job – Focus now on bringing your talent to the table and remind them why they picked you!