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How to Cope on your First Day at a New Job

3rd May 2019

We all know the mixed emotions that come with starting a new job, your first day can be both exciting and terrifying. The first day of a new job is also your chance to make a crucial first impression on your new bosses and co-workers! Keep reading to see our tips on how to cope on your first day at a new job.

Get there early, but not too early!

Aim to arrive around 15 minutes early on your first day. Not only will this make a good first impression with your new employer but it can also limit your anxiousness. Arrive with time to spare so you’ll have plenty of time to find a place to park and gather your thoughts, before starting work.

You should practice your commute again so you’re familiar with it before your first day. If you’re a driver then try and practice your commute in busier periods so you can get an idea of how traffic may affect your travel time.

Be prepared!

A large part of someone’s first day will probably include filling in forms . You’ll more than likely be asked to bring in a few necessary documents to be set up fully. If it’s not already in your offer of employment then it’s a good idea to email your new employer a few days prior to your first day. Ask them what’s required so there are no delays in your payment.

Typical documents could include:

  • P45 or P60
  • Driving Licence
  • National Insurance Card/Number
  • Passport or other proof of eligibility to work in the UK

Make sure you’re prepared and have all these ready for your first day.

You also want to make sure you’re prepared for lunch! If you’re not sure what’s nearby your new job food wise then make sure you take a packed lunch on your first few days. 

Dress to Impress!

On your first day of a new job, it’s a safe bet to dress in a similar way to how you dressed when you attended your interview. You want to give a professional first impression, no matter how casual the company’s dress code is.

Once you’ve settled into your new role then you can start to dress more casually based on the company culture.

Listen and pay attention, but don’t forget to ask questions!

Your first days in a new job mean you will be taking in a lot of new information.

New employees should ensure they listen closely and make notes to remember the information they have been given.

Make sure you ask lots of relevant questions. Not only will this show that you’re paying attention and that you’re interested in what you’re learning, but it can also help to clarify your new role.

Switch your phone off

Make sure you keep your phone switched off on your first day. If it’s not possible due to other commitments, keep it on silent and only check it during breaks.

This means you can concentrate fully on your new job, rather than updates in your mates WhatsApp group.

Be friendly!


Throughout the day, opportunities to talk to your bosses & co-workers will arise. Make sure you take them! The friendlier you appear to be to people, the more people will be likely to approach you. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your new co-workers and getting along will definitely help you to cope with your first day of a new job.

When people ask you about yourself, tell them but be sure to ask them about themselves too. You’ll come across as much more likable if you show interest in your new colleagues. And don’t forget to smile!

Overall, the main things to remember to help you cope on the first day of a new job are to listen, work hard and be yourself.

If reading this has got you thinking about moving to a new job, view Bromak’s live vacancies and apply online here. Or contact your local Bromak to find out how our Consultants can help you make the move to a new job, and make the transition as easy as possible.

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