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Prepare for Your First Day of Arrival

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 4 Sep 2010 | comments*Discuss
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The first day of your new job can be a scary prospect so you want to feel as confident as possible by being fully prepared. The last thing you want to be doing is be rushing around worrying about what to wear, where your wallet is or how you are going to get there. Think about all these things in advance, pick out an outfit, pack your bag and travel your planned route to see how long it takes. By doing these things you will feel relaxed and confident on your way to work and be ready to face your new job.

Be Prepared

What are you going to wear? It may seem like a simple question but if you leave it until the morning of your first day to figure it out, then it will become a stressful decision. If you have bought some new work clothes then wear them a few times first so that you feel comfortable in them. Then pick something that is appropriate but makes you feel relaxed. Make sure you also get everything else you may need together. Pack your bag with your wallet, phone, folders, any paperwork you need and double check that you are ready to go.

Plan Your Route

No matter what method of transport you are going to take to work you need to work out a travel plan. If you are driving, then travel the route and time how long it takes. Think about how rush hour traffic may increase the time of your journey and try to find an alternative route in case there is a problem. If you are getting there on public transport then check the timetables, see how often the transport comes and what you would do if it is late or delayed.

A Trial Run

Before your big first day it is worth having a trial run. This will not only confirm that you have everything that you need, but also leave you feeling much more relaxed for the real thing. Pick out your outfit, pack your bag and set off on your journey to work. Time how long everything takes, what obstacles you may have and what your back up plan would be.

Leave Plenty Of Time

When it comes to the big day, make sure that you leave yourself plenty of time. Set more than one alarm to make you get up – this will also help you sleep better as you won’t be stressed about not waking up. Give yourself time to have a shower, sit down and have breakfast and watch some TV or read a newspaper to relax. Give yourself extra travel time as well as it is always best to turn up too early than end up being late.

Preparing for your first day at work will leave you feeling much more relaxed and confident. Work out what transport you are going to take and make a travel plan. Choose an outfit, pack your bag and give yourself a trial run so you know everything will run smoothly. On the day, wake up early, give yourself time to relax and set off early so that you can be sure you won’t be late.

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