Starting a new job? Then it’s time to show your best side.

Specifically, you must present your new work, make a good first impression, and contribute something of value. No big deal, right?

To crush your new gig from the start, you need to prepare for day one. Here are 20 of our favorite tips to help you do just that.

Tips for a great first day

1. Familiar with the company’s online assets.

You may have already done this as part of the interview process, but it doesn’t hurt to do it again before day one.

There is no better way to understand a company’s marketing than to consume it. Read their blog. Subscribe to their email newsletter. Follow their social media accounts. Download and read their latest eBook. All of this information collection will provide you with background information.

Plus, when you go to your initial marketing team meeting, you’ll be able to add new ideas because you have a fresh eye.

2. Test drive your commute.

Before your first day at work, test drive your commute — ideally at the same time you actually leave. Practicing your route will make you feel at ease and help reduce the chance of getting lost or not knowing the road is closed.

Be sure to add extra time in case of rush hour! Your future self will thank you later.

3. Plan your wardrobe.

You will be most confident if you wear comfortable clothes. Take some time the night before your big day to think about what you’ll be wearing in the morning.

Double-check your company’s dress code policy. Does a suit need to be ironed, or is the company more casual? Give yourself the gift of confidence and plan your wardrobe.

4. Research your new boss on social media.

To help you get acquainted with your new boss, check out their Twitter account, LinkedIn profile, and any articles they post (on the company blog, their personal website, or an external site like Medium).

If you’re like me, taking physical notes can help you remember things better — so write some quick notes about what they’ve shared online and some of their interests or hobbies. This will fuel your future small talk on day one.

5. Read the first 100 days.

First impressions are hard to change, so it’s a good idea to make some quick positive contributions. This could mean differentiating yourself from your peers with a new idea, asking thoughtful questions, providing feedback, leading a new project to success, or just showing your team that you are a curious lifelong learner.

Check out our new guide, first 100 days. It will show you how to get the most out of your first 100 days at work, including tips from successful employees, managers, and companies like Eventbrite and Twitter EMEA & APAC.

6. Pack your favorite tabletop accessories into a bag the night before.

Are you an avid pen and paper note-taker? Do you like having a water bottle or coffee cup on your desk? Would you like to always have mints on hand?

Think about the little things you love at work and make sure they’re in your bag the night before your first day. These things will make you feel more at home in your new job.

7. Pay attention to your body language.

Body language can have a huge impact on how others perceive us and How we see ourselves. According to research by social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cady, “power poses” can actually make you feel more confident — and appear in front of others that way. So before you walk through the door, remember to pull your shoulders back, lift your chin, and stand tall.

8. Prepare your “introductory speech.”

Your new manager or boss may introduce you to the team in person or remotely. Although this is usually informal, you should know what you want to say.

Briefly introduce yourself in a few sentences and why you are excited to join the team. If you’re on a remote team, go the extra mile to greet your colleagues and let them know you’ve joined the team.

9. Level up your chat.

Knowing more about your colleagues can help you integrate into the team. Plus, it makes work more enjoyable when you develop a sense of community and camaraderie with others.

Plan some small talk ahead of time and ask more questions like, “How long have you been with the company?” or, “Where’s your favorite lunch spot?” Being open and genuine can go a long way with your new team members .

10. Check the company’s BYOC policy.

Some employers have Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. This may include a laptop, smartphone or tablet. In many remote-first companies, you may need to use your own laptop, or provide one. Double check with your manager or consult the Human Resources Handbook (if available).

11. Make note of potential mentors.

As you get through the first few days, make a note of who can serve as a mentor—preferably someone within your department. In addition to being a great resource, mentors can guide you in your career development and long-term goals.

Once you’ve identified potential candidates, start the conversation by introducing yourself in person (or, if you’re remote, send an email or set up a video chat.

12. Bring your HR/payroll documents with you.

Typically, you will need to fill out HR/payroll documents during the onboarding process. If you are asked to fill out something before your start date, make sure to do it on the first day and bring it with you. This smooths things out and presents itself as an organized employee.

13. Plan your goals for the next 30 days.

Your short-term goals are just as important as your long-term goals. During your first 30 days, you will likely spend most of your time attending training, learning skills, and meeting team members. Draw what you hope to accomplish during this time. Use a SMART approach to ensure they are realistic and specific.

14. Develop healthy habits.

What habits can help you create a new schedule? Maybe it’s a morning walk to be more focused or lunch prep on the weekend. Or, it could be writing a to-do list the first time you go to work.

Establishing healthy habits and routines is especially important for remote workers who may struggle to separate work and personal lives.

15. Leverage LinkedIn.

Hopefully by the end of the first week or two, you’ve settled into your job well (and loved it). Consider letting your network know by updating your LinkedIn profile to share news. It also lets potential recruiters know that you’re not accepting new jobs.

While you’re there, add your new team members and “follow” your company’s LinkedIn page.

16. Embrace the learning curve.

It’s normal to face a steep learning curve when starting a new job. Between orientations, trainings, and meetings, you may find yourself overwhelmed and stressed.

Proactively ask questions of your manager or colleagues to provide clarity and get you back on track. Don’t be afraid to admit that you’re confused or overwhelmed — in fact, it shows you care about doing a good job. Also, it can be a great way to connect with another human being on a human level.

17. Set healthy boundaries early on.

Attention all remote workers – this is especially important for you!

During your first few months on the job, you may find yourself working mornings and nights — even on weekends. It’s understandable – you want to get the job done. But in the long run, making yourself skinny can be detrimental. This is why healthy boundaries must be set for work.

For example, you can disable Slack notifications during lunch, or designate a room in your home as an “office” to create a physical boundary between work and life. Regardless, it’s important to set healthy boundaries early and revisit them frequently.

18. Observe company culture.

Many companies are looking for candidates that fit their company culture. Now that you’ve walked through the door, you can witness it for yourself. How does it work on a daily basis? What positive attitudes can you take?

Remember, as you step into a new role, you can also shape and contribute to the culture in meaningful ways.

19. Keep your manager informed.

Most likely, you will work closely with your manager during the first few weeks. During this time, keep the communication lines strong.

Let them know what you are doing, if there are any outages that might interfere with your onboarding (like scheduled internet outages), or if you have any questions. By keeping your manager informed, you can build trust and avoid a lot of confusion for yourself (and your manager).

20. Don’t think too much.

You were hired for a reason. So don’t get so busy preparing for day one that you’ll be too nervous when you actually show up. The night before your first day, take time to relax so you can get a good night’s sleep. Your new colleagues are excited to have you on board – you just have to show up, be friendly and confident, and make them happy that they hired you.

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Congratulations on your new job! As exciting as it is, the hard work isn’t over – you still need to get a good grade on day one. Use the tips in this article to lead confidently and make a positive first impression.

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