Smile Big: How to Tackle Your First Day on the Job with Confidence


As eager as you may have been to find a new job, you may be even more excited about the prospect of walking in on your first day and getting down to work. Everything from the confidence that you exude to your ability to make comfortable small talk and more are essential for a successful first day. While there are many factors about your first day that are not within your control, these are some of the steps that you can take to better prepare yourself for the experiences in store.


Focus on Grooming and Hygiene


You will feel much more confident about yourself when you know how fabulous you look. Plan to get a haircut a few days before the big day, but avoid making any major changes to your hairstyle. Think about setting up a quick teeth whitening treatment with your dentist. Ensure that you have ample hygiene products available. This will not be the day to run low on toothpaste or deodorant.


Choose Your Outfit Carefully


It seemingly makes sense to celebrate landing your big job by treating yourself to a new outfit or two. While you may want to freshen up your wardrobe, remember that the first day is not the best day to try out new clothes or shoes that may be uncomfortable. It is better to choose an ensemble that you know that you look great in and that is comfortable for you to wear.


Plan to Eat out


You may be a diehard brown-bagger, but it may be smart to plan to eat out on your first day. One reason for this is if your new coworkers or boss want to treat you. Another reason is because you may want to take the initiative to invite a new coworker to lunch as a friendly gesture. When you can socialize even for a short time with some of your new coworkers, you can feel more comfortable around the office as you get settled in.


Leave Yourself Plenty of Time


The last thing that you want is to find yourself running late to work or so rushed that you forget to brush your teeth before you run out the door. Plan to leave early enough so that you have time to sit in the parking lot for ten minutes or longer before you walk in. This will ensure that you are on time, and it will prevent you from feeling frazzled as soon as you arrive.


Your first day on the job can be stressful, but there are many things that you can do to ensure that the day goes smoothly. Use these tips to guide your preparations leading up to your first day.


Written by: Meghan Belnap / Blogger, Researcher and Freelance Writer

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.