Many job seekers who finally get offered a job after long hours on their job search are so excited about the fact that they finally found a job, that they forget one important thing, and that's how to prepare for their first day at their new job. They forget to plan ahead and find themselves being confused and overwhelmed that first day. If you want to feel confident on that first day, then it is important that you prepare for it properly.
If you happen to be part of a network for professionals or you know a person that might work at the company you'll be joining, it might be in your best interest to find out what you can about the new job before you even step onto company property. Find out what the work environment is like and make sure that you know for sure what the dress code is that all of the other employees follow.
Make sure that you talk to your new employer before checking in the first day. Get as much information from them before your first day. Make sure that you get the proper information about the location, what you should know about orientation if there is one, what kind of paperwork you will need to take care of on that first day.
It's important that you have concise directions to where you will need to report as well. It's always a good idea that if you know that you will be going to work during rush hour that you take a drive during that time before you work and see how long it's going to take you to get there from where you live. You should also make sure that your gas tank is full for the day you have to start.
Once you figure out exactly what the normal attire is for work, you need to make sure that you have a wardrobe that fits this work environment. You need to be dressed well and dressed according to the type of position that you will be working at. If you have several different items in your closet set aside for the new job it is going to give you a more confident feeling when you start.
Make sure to buy a few new items to make your wardrobe look fresh and since the first week will having you hopping you need to make sure that you have enough clothes to last you for at least the first week of employment.
If you have time prior to your start date, it's a very good idea that you take some time to go over your skills and test them to see how rusty you might be. If you feel you could benefit from some refresher courses, look and see if your area has a career center where you can polish your skills. Updating your skills, even if it's for a day or two is going to help you build your confidence for that first day you walk into your new job.
New jobs don't always start immediately so if you have time and you feel that you have yourself completely prepared for that first day then you should try taking a couple of days for yourself so that you can relax.
Take advantage of any free time you have left before the first day of work and spend some quality time with your family if you are married or go away for a couple of days to a place you have been wanting to go to but never have had a chance to do so before. Do something to reward yourself and pamper yourself.