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How To Prepare For Your First Day Of Work

You obviously made a good impression on your interview so don't blow it now.


  • TIP: Studies show that information memorized right before you go to sleep is better retained.
  • Step 1: A few days before your start date, begin going to bed and waking up at a reasonable hour so you don't miss your alarm on your first day.
  • Step 2: Figure out your travel route and approximately how long it will take you, allowing extra time for unexpected delays.
  • TIP: Make a test run of your commute during morning rush hour to get an accurate reading of how much time you'll need.
  • Step 3: Locate all documents that you may need to give Personnel on the first day, such as your passport, Social Security card, Voter Registration card, etc. If they're at your parents' house, arrange for them to be sent on time.
  • Step 4: Pick out an outfit for the first day. Make sure everything fits well and is spotlessly clean and pressed. Guys: Shine those shoes.
  • TIP: Model your first day outfit for a friend who has both good taste and the ability to be painfully honest.
  • Step 5: Commit to memory the names of any employees you met at your interview so your mind won't go blank out of nervousness.
  • Step 6: Plan on bringing a book or magazine to read and a simple lunch in case no one invites you to join them.
  • FACT: People stay at their first post-college position an average of 1.6 years, according to a survey conducted by Experience, Inc.

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