Congratulations – you’ve landed a new job! But what now? Get ready for your first day and download our handy checklist.


So, you’re about to start your new job. You’re probably feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness – that’s completely understandable.

There are a few things you should do before your first day to make sure you feel calm and organised. Being prepared will also help you make a good impression.

Download our New job checklist.


The week before (or earlier)

Use this time before starting your new job to get organised. Sign and return any paperwork your employer needs, including your letter of offer.

Other important things to check are where you need to go and what time you need to be there. Check the travel route and how long it will take, allowing extra time in case you’re delayed.

It’s also a good idea to check if you need a uniform or appropriate outfit and tools for your job. If your new employer hasn’t told you, then ask what you’ll need to supply yourself, and what they’ll provide.


Do your research

If you can, spend some time getting up to speed on the type of work you’ll be doing. You should already be familiar with some aspects of the role from your application. If your employer has given you a job description or onboarding information, read it through. If you know anyone who works at your new job or is in that industry, ask them any questions you’ve got.


The day before

Do the practical prep – like double-check your paperwork and transport plan. Our favourite tip for getting ready for a new job is to make a playlist! Pick some tunes you love that you can listen to the night before and morning of. It’ll get you in a great mood and that will radiate when you walk through your employer’s door.

Pack your bag and lay your outfit out so you’re ready to go. Set your alarm for the next day so you’ve got plenty of time to get ready. Most importantly, get a good night’s rest!


On your first day

Before you head off to work, make sure you’re well-fuelled for the day. Have a good breakfast. Pop those upbeat tunes on while you get ready and make your way to work.

Just before you arrive, check how you look. Your hair, teeth and nails should all be clean and tidy. And take a few minutes to pause, breathe, gather your thoughts and smile. You’ve got this!

Once you’re there and settled in, you might have some other questions to ask. Don’t be afraid. There’s no such thing as a silly question, and it’s always better to check, rather than make a mistake later.

Try to be as natural, polite and enthusiastic as possible, and introduce yourself to new colleagues.

At the end of the day, give yourself a pat on the back and congratulate yourself for getting through your first day!

Download our New job checklist.


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