Things To Know Before Starting Your First Job

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Written by BAC Apprentices: Deborah Maria Adison Pillai, Ng Woei Yan, David Ranil Nyanapragasam, Teh I-Vern & Tsen Jun Rong

Congratulations on getting your first job! 


The first few days at a job may be among the most memorable and perhaps stressful times of your career. Most of us remember our first days at every job because of the heightened pressure to impress. A first impression can set the tone for how your boss and co-workers look at you in the long run. 


Here are a few things to note before starting your first day at work: 


Research the Company

Even though you may have done your research on the company prior to your interview, researching the company again before your first day at work allows you to be more familiar with the company, industry and your job scope. This will help you look and feel more confident, and to be better equipped with the relevant information and knowledge. 


Attire Check

Deciding on your outfit is pivotal when you are preparing for your first day at work because first impressions matter! Appearance on your first day at work is important because it is your first opportunity to make a positive impact on your new work environment and the people you meet.  During your interview session, you may have been able to pick up on what the dress code of the company is. If not, all you need to do is to send an email to the Human Resource Department and enquire about the company’s dress etiquette. The last thing you want is to be underdressed on the first day at work! 


The Early Bird Catches the Worm

Make sure you’re at least 30 minutes early on your first day at work. It gives a hint to your boss that you are likely to go above and beyond expectations. Getting to your office early gives you a chance to calm yourself down, and to be totally cool, and collected when you do meet your co-workers for the first time.  


Don’t Pack Your Lunch 

On your first day at work, you may want to use the lunch hour for professional socializing. Going to lunch with your boss and colleagues will allow you to get to know the people you’ll be working with on a more personal level, and outside of the office setting. To ensure that your first-day lunch goes well, have a few conversation starters in your back pocket. It’s so important to show that you’re ready to mingle with your new team and co-workers — so save the packed lunch for another day! 


Prepare Some Light Conversation 

If you are not the king or queen of small talk, that scary, awkward small-talk when you first meet someone can be an ultimate nightmare! So, prepare some small-talk beforehand. Think of a couple of your favorite conversation starters, i.e., catch up on the latest news, watch the most famous TV shows, some music choices in case your new colleagues are also fans of these topics. Once you have your small-talk prepared, you can avoid those moments of awkward silence. 


Plan to Bring Essentials 

One would expect that joining a new company would give them the privilege of pre-packed stationeries and equipment that will be needed by one to get the job done. However, that may not necessarily be the case. With that said, make sure you have everything you need, such as notepads, pens, sticky notes and any other materials just in case you don’t receive a stationery goodie bag. Additionally, organizing your area on the first day can make you feel more comfortable in a new environment. 


Your first day at your new job should be exciting, not frightening. As long as you’re prepared with a plan going in, you’ll do great. Remember, every office task is an opportunity to learn, grow, and represent yourself in a positive light. If all goes well, the people you meet on your first day could be the people you’ll work with for years to come. Start things off with the right foot by having a plan and expecting the best.