The first day at a new job is always very exciting. You get to walk into a new office, meet new co-workers, and immerse yourself in a new work culture, all the while hoping that you can fit in.
For your first day, you need to be physically and mentally prepared to make a great impression on everyone, and you should also have a few essentials on hand so that your day will go as smoothly as possible.
Here are the things that you need to bring for your first day at a new job.
Bring some cash with you as you’ll never know if your new colleagues or your boss will ask you to join them for lunch or a cup of coffee.
A packet of antibacterial wipes
You’ll use this to wipe down your new desk and computer equipment because you’ll never know if they were cleaned prior to your arrival.
A travel mug
Fill it up with coffee before heading out the door. You’ll be glad to have this at the office, especially if your company offers free coffee to employees.
Your eyeglasses/contact lens solution/lens case
If you have vision problems, it’s good to have your eyeglasses just in case you lose a contact lens or if you want to take off your lenses at some point during the day. Don’t forget to bring a lens case and a small bottle of solution to keep your lenses clean.
A hygiene kit
A hygiene kit could contain a comb or a small hairbrush, some hair ties, a small stick of deodorant, a mini toothbrush and toothpaste, tampons or sanitary napkins, a tin of mints, hand sanitizer, and a packet of tissues. Stash the kit in your drawer so you’ll always have these things just in case you need them.
I.D. and employee requirements
You need to bring a form of identification as well as the documents that you’re required to bring for payroll purposes. Make copies of each document before heading to the office.
A makeup kit
There’s no need to bring your 78-color eyeshadow palette to the office. All you need is a tube of lipstick in a neutral color, a pressed powder compact, one blush, mascara, concealer, and eyeliner for touch-ups.
A notebook and pen
You’ll need to take notes on your first day, so don’t forget to take a notebook and a pen with you. To look professional, opt for a leather-covered notebook or planner instead of a spiral notebook.
For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s tips on how to make a good first impression at work.