5 Essentials You Need To Start A New Job

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Starting a new job is certainly a daunting life experience to conquer, but you must always remember that first day nerves are a natural feeling we all feel. So do yourself a favor and take the pressure off for the first few days. As long as you start the job feeling ready with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, you’ll soon fit in right away and achieve more than you ever knew you could. 

To help plan what you might need for your first day at the office, here’s an outline of all the essentials required to make sure the day goes as swimmingly as possible. 

1. A Decent Stationery Supply 

Yes that's right, paper is still important! The first thing you need to do is invest in a decent supply of stationery, especially if it’s an office job coming with a new desk. This is your chance to set up your desk space with all the basic essentials, from pens to notepads, and highlighters to a calendar diary. Organization and time management is key for planning ahead and sticking to deadlines. You could even invest in some sticky notepads if you’re the type of person who leaves reminder notes for themselves. 

Writing things down on an actual physical piece of paper these days can stick out in your mind more than typing in another digital note on your phone or computer. It also can help a great deal during brainstorming, collaboration, or meeting sessions. And if someone asks you for a piece of paper or sticky note it's a bit embarrassing to say you have nothing to offer.

2. A Mug And Other Lunch Ware 

There’s nothing worse than reaching midday and realizing you’ve forgotten to bring anything to eat. Sure you could pop out and buy something, but it’s always a good idea to come prepared, especially for your first week. You could even buy a new lunchbox and water bottle to start the job feeling afresh, and adding your own personalised mug to the office cupboard means you’ll have your own to drink from when it’s your turn to make the round of afternoon coffees. 

3. Any Important Documents 

It might also be a good idea to ask your employer if you need to bring any documents with you, because the chances are you’ll have to at least bring a form of identification. This will be needed to set you up on the payroll and other systems, so the best bet is to bring your ID and social security card with you just in case. 

4. A Set Of Questions 

As already mentioned, your first day will likely be focussed on training and learning, so don’t feel too pressured to impress with your knowledge straight away. Instead, come with an open mind and an inquisitive attitude. Do lots of research on the company and the industry sector it's part of. It’s also wise to have a set of questions ready if there’s anything important you feel you need to know or understand. 

5. A New ‘First-Day’ Outfit 

If you are reading this, chances are you’ve landed yourself a new job - and if that’s the case, a huge congratulations is in order! To treat yourself with a rewarding pat on the back, why not buy yourself a new first-day outfit? That way you can walk through the doors with confidence, looking good and feeling good. Just remember to keep the attire appropriate and formal for the workplace. Dress for success and dress for the job you want, not the job you have, if it applies to your career situation.

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