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First Day On the Job? Make it a Success With This Free Checklist

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Starting a new job is an exciting time filled with change and new opportunities. The only downside? Change and new opportunities can also be a little overwhelming, especially when it comes to your first day at a new job.

This checklist will set you up for success and take the guesswork out of getting prepared for your first day on the job.

1. GATHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Even if you’ve already completed your new hire paperwork, it’s always a good rule of thumb to bring your ID and social security card with you in case revisions need to be made. Since you probably don’t use these documents too often, set them out the night before your first day so you aren’t rushing to locate them in the morning.

2. LAY OUT YOUR CLOTHES

If your job site requires a specific uniform, you were likely already prepped on what you need to wear. If not, give your recruiter or human resources contact a quick call just to be sure. Whether it’s steel-toed shoes and safety goggles, business casual wear, or just a simple t-shirt and jeans, gather these items the night before and set them aside.

3. HAVE A BREAKFAST PLAN

We’ve all heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting your morning with a healthy meal will help you power through your day and remain focused through lunchtime.

4. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Give yourself a little extra time to rest so you’re on top of your game. According to Harvard University, getting an adequate amount of sleep has a direct impact on your ability to retain new information and focus, both of which are especially important when you’re starting a new job.

5. ARRIVE EARLY

Before you go to sleep, check out your commute distance and set your alarm accordingly. First impressions are important, so you’ll want to budget in an extra 15 minutes so you can arrive early and make time for introductions.

6. KEEP AN OPEN MIND

Being the new kid on the block can always feel a little daunting, but maintaining a positive outlook and being open to new experiences will help you find your way in your new environment.

Finally, download our free printable checklist so you can embark on your new career journey with peace of mind.

For more tips like this, apply now or contact EG. We’re here to help you succeed.

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