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7 Tips On Starting Your First Job

By Lauren @BubbleJobs

Congratulations, you’ve landed your first proper job! You’ve got your foot on the career ladder and it’s fair to say you’re probably pretty excited!

However, before you go bounding into the office on your first day bursting with enthusiasm and energy, take the time to plan properly and get yourself ready for the world of work.

How can you do this? Well, I’ve (helpfully!) put together seven tips on starting your first job and making the best possible first impression.

1) Get Some Sleep

I’m going to tell you something that you probably already know now, but college/uni life is a lot different than working life. Gone are the late nights and afternoon snoozes, and in come those dreaded early mornings.

It’s going to take a while for your body to adjust to the change in sleep pattern, so practise by spending a week or two going to bed at a reasonable time and waking up when you’ll need to actually get up for work.

2) Research

Now that you’ve been offered the job, chances are you’ll be quite aware of what’s going to be expected of you. But it can’t hurt to go over your job requirements and research the company so you’re totally prepared.

Send a quick email to your boss asking if there’s anything you need to bring with you on the first day – it’s better to be prepared!

3) Plan Your Journey

What’s worse than not being prepared on your first day? Being late! Don’t be late!

Whether you’ll be driving, walking, or taking the bus or train to work, make sure you’ve got the journey down to a tee and planned the commute ahead of time.

Even make the journey yourself during rush hour before you start work, just to make sure you’ve given yourself plenty of time to get to work.

4) Dress Appropriately

At your interview, you will have probably seen a few of the employees and made a note of their dress style. Whether it’s a casual work environment or a smart, professional one, make sure you plan your outfits accordingly.

It would be a bit embarrassing if you walked into an office full of jean and t-shirt-wearing colleagues in a three-piece suit or vice versa!

5) Write Everything Down

You’re never going to remember everyone’s names and their job roles, where the canteen is or what code you need to get into the building, so make sure you carry around a tablet or a small notebook and pen to ensure you don’t get caught out!

Plus, if you refer to someone by name on your second day, they’ll probably warm to you – happy days!

6) Don’t Be Too Confident

While it’s good to appear enthusiastic on your first day, you don’t want to be too in-your-face. People have work to do, and if you inundate them with questions for a solid hour, chances are they’ll get annoyed with you quite quickly.

Also, avoid joining in with “office banter” until you’re more settled into the workforce. You don’t know which lines you might cross – especially with your boss!

7) Ask Questions

Completely contradicting what I’ve just say in my previous point, while it’s important not to inundate people with questions, you need to ask some!

If you’ve been given a task that you’re not too sure about – ask! It will look so much better if you ask a question about it than if you just sit there in silence and don’t do anything!


So there we go, some tips on starting your first proper job! Do you agree with these tips? Have you begun your own career lately and have some advice of your own?

Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @BubbleJobs! 🙂

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