Surviving Your First Day at a New Job

The time has come.

Your alarm clock has sounded. Your lunch is all packed. You’ve got your coffee in hand. You’re ready for your first day at your new job.

No matter what kind of job you’re starting, we’re here to help you survive and thrive! Check out our top tips for surviving your first days at a new job or internship.

1. Prepare the Night Before

Fill up your gas tank, pick out your clothes, and pack your lunch before you go to bed. Who wants to worry about ironing a wrinkled pair of pants right after the alarm goes off? No one, that’s who.



2. Wake Up Early

On your first day, give yourself at least fifteen minutes extra in the morning. This will give you some extra wiggle room, plus time to pump yourself up. Hit the road on the earlier side too – traffic is, unfortunately, unpredictable!


3. Be Friendly

We’re not suggesting you spend the day socializing rather than working, but be open to meeting all the new people in the office. After all, you will be spending a lot of time with them! Say good morning, introduce yourself…even give the silent “what’s up” nod when you pass people in the hallway.


4. Listen Up and Pay Attention

One of the best ways to spend your first day on the job is soaking up all of the new information. Pay attention to any instructions your boss gives you—whether it’s about a project you’ll be working on or whether or not anyone actually dresses down for Casual Friday. First impressions are important, so keep your ears open.



5. Stay Off Social Media

Try channeling your excitement into doing well at each incoming task, rather than posting fifteen different #newjob selfies. Your Instagram followers can wait until the end of the day.


6. Ask Questions

If you’re unsure about something, speak up now so you don’t feel confused later. Don’t inundate your supervisor with everything you’ve ever wondered in your life (“but really, why is the sky blue?), but feel free to ask for clarification when you need it. This will show you’re enthusiastic and want to perform well.


7. Don’t Leave Early (or take an Extended Lunch Break)

Even if the first day is fairly slow, do not try to slip out before it’s officially over. Trust us, your boss won’t forget it. Instead, stay until most people start heading out so you can gauge what the general culture is. It’s a good idea to check in with your boss before you head out!



8. Focus On the Big Picture

Whether you landed your dream internship or are stuck in a less-than-stellar gig for the summer, get yourself motivated by taking a look at what really matters. Feeling down because your internship is unpaid? Just think about all the experience you’ll be getting. Wishing you had a different, more exciting job? Think of all the money you’ll earn by sticking it out here. Big picture, people!!


9. Get Excited

No matter what job you have for the summer, you are lucky. Why, you ask?

Because you have a job. Unfortunately, a job isn’t always the easiest thing to get. Be thankful you’ve been given this opportunity and try to do your best – each and every day.

Are you starting a new job soon? Let us know what you think or what other advice you’d like to see. As always, send us a tweet (@BNcollege) or post a comment below.


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