Simple Secrets to Success for Your First Day at a New Job

Inside: Rock your first day on the job with tips from guest writer, Cora Gold, editor-in-chief of Revivalist.


Starting a new job is exciting, but it’s completely natural to be nervous. You want to make a great first impression when walking into the office and that feels like a lot of pressure! Plus you’ll be learning new processes, new systems, new responsibilities – whew, I’m tired just thinking about it!

To calm some of those nerves, check out these simple secrets to success for your first day at a new job. You’ll rock your new workplace and push your career forward in a single day.

1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Anxiety or excitement could make you rush out the door so you’ll get to work early on your big first day.

Sure, it’s important not to arrive late, but give yourself a few extra minutes to sit down for breakfast. Eating a well-rounded meal that includes a protein source, like eggs, will keep hunger at bay for hours and allow you to focus on your work with a positive mindset.

2. Bring a Notepad

You’ll likely complete training or start your orientation after clocking in. There will be tons of information thrown at you, so you might feel overwhelmed. Bring a notepad to easily keep track of every detail regarding your benefits and daily duties.

By the way, research shows that women receive 10% more professional responsibilities than men. Make sure you understand expectations and take notes to set yourself up for success.

3. Plan a Power Outfit

Even if you don’t feel super confident about making new friends or taking on a new job, you can appear more confident by planning a power outfit.

While your office might not be a fashion studio, you should still dress for success by wearing something office-appropriate that makes you feel good.

Feeling lost on this? Try a peplum top that will accentuate your waistline in any size when paired with professional slacks and one-inch heels.

Most importantly – consider what makes you feel like you can conquer the world. Whether that’s a top and pencil skirt combo or your lucky pair of work flats, you’ll walk into the office with enough confidence to take on your day.

4. Ask Lots of Questions

Women are two and a half times less likely to ask questions in educational settings, including professional orientation or additional training. You might ignore the need to ask questions during training or when your boss hands you a new responsibility, but that will only create more frustrations down the road.

Your team wants you to succeed alongside them, so push yourself to ask whatever questions come to mind. You’ll avoid simple mistakes and become an essential, dependable person in your workplace.

5. Meet Your Co-Workers

It’s going to be on you to reach out to your co-workers and get to know them. You could chat while making coffee in the office kitchen or ask them to join you for lunch.

Starting relationships is one of the best simple secrets to success for your first day at a new job. You’ll create personal connections that make your job more fulfilling and enjoyable.

6. Circle Back Before Leaving

Circling back before the end of the day is a great way to close out day one on the job.

When you’re a half-hour away from checking out for the day, ask your boss if there’s anything else you can finish before leaving. They might appreciate your help on a task with a close deadline, and will definitely value your team spirit! This also gives you a chance to ask any questions you haven’t had a chance to check in on earlier that day.

Have a Great Day One!

Good luck on day one! You’ve got this!

Keep these simple secrets to success for your first day at a new job in your back pocket and get ready to rock the next chapter of your career.

And if you need another reminder of how much awesome you’re bringing with you into your new job, grab this list of transferable skills to build your career confidence.

What has helped you on YOUR first day at a new job?


Cora Gold is the Editor-in-Chief of Revivalist magazine and a passionate writer. She loves exploring life, family and inspiration through writing and collaborating with others who share her interests. Follow Cora on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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