Congratulations, you got the job!

you're hired

Now what? 🤔

I'm lost

Follow these tips to make a positive first impression on day 1 of your new job.

What To Wear

This can vary depending on the job.

Confirm the dress code with the manager.

When in doubt, it's better to overdress than underdress, then adjust after you see what others wear.

Dressing your best will give you a confidence boost.

Be comfortable as you may be sitting or standing all day.

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What To Bring

Pack these essentials in your briefcase, backpack, or tote bag:

  • Identification

  • Completed new hire forms

  • Notebook and pen

  • Water bottle

  • Lunch and snacks

  • Medication or other necessities

Wait to bring other personal items until you see your workspace and confirm what's allowed.


Be On Time

Confirm what time your 1st day will start.

Map the best way to get to the office and at least one backup option.

Find out where to park or the location of the nearest bus or train stops.

Check the traffic report when you wake up in case you need to adjust your plan.

Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early.


What To Do

Meet Your Coworkers

Get to know key people you'll be working with and what they do.



You'll get a lot of information on your 1st day. Be a sponge and try to absorb it all.


Ask Questions

If you don't understand something, now's the time to ask. They'll expect this when you're new. Bitmoji Image

Take Notes

Write down key information and contacts you get on day 1 and any questions you have.

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You Decide

Flaticon Icon Paul showed up 10 minutes late. He kept telling everyone he met that he knew a better way to do things and will get to work on changing things right away.

Flaticon Icon Kate showed up 30 minutes early to set up her desk with family photos and a plant. She took a two hour lunch, and tried to leave early.

Flaticon Icon Jan had a lot of questions after orientation. She met with her boss after lunch to go over her notes. Her boss introduced her to the rest of the team.

Flaticon Icon Tom was overwhelmed by all the people and confused by all the new information. He didn't want to seem inexperienced so he didn't ask his boss any questions.


Who made the best first impression?

Take Action

Before your first day, confirm:

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