The night before, lay out your clothes, including shoes, (socks), minimal jewelry, if any. In today’s ultra-sensitive office and other environments, err on the side of caution and conservatism when it comes to both your apparel, as well as your cologne or body sprays.
Be prepared with any paperwork you’ve been asked to complete or other documents you may need for Human Resources (HR). If you’ve been given any other instructions, such as safety wear/gear, tools, have these ready as well. Do not plan on chatting on your cell phone, even if your coworkers are, except during lunch and that’s only if you are walking or driving yourself somewhere and it’s absolutely necessary.
Get a good nights sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and pack a lunch and snack, just in case, but also be prepared to eat out with your new co-workers to socialize. Leave your house with enough time to arrive at least 15 minute early, even if you have to wait in your car for a few minutes. Allow time for navigating through traffic, or unfamilair routes, but also where to park and time to walk in and get settled.
Say hello and smile at everyone that you meet or pass by. Introduce yourself if no-one else is around to introduce you. If you are terrible at remembering names, repeat their name during the introduction or the conversation. During lunch, head over to the break room and join a table of co-workers. This shows them that you are friendly and approachable. (Be sure to bring food with you.) Try not to get caught up in any office gossip. Be prepared with safe, small talk topics such as recent or upcoming holidays, sports or cultural activities.
Keep a notebook and write down any questions you may have for your boss/manager, HR or a co-worker. There is bound to be a learning curve and you want to allow yourself time to learn and grow. Don’t be in a rush. Be confident about your skills and experience.
At the end of the first day, don’t be the first one out the door. Linger a few minutes, write down notes about your first day, procedures, etc. Clean up your desk or work station and smile on your way out. Congratulations you made it through your first day and are on your way to enjoying a new job/career.