6 Things to Do Before Starting a New Job

Congratulations on the new position! With a new employment opportunity comes a time to shine and really show what you’re worth. Before you go in the first day, here are a couple of things you should do.

Take Some Time Off Between Jobs

If you are giving two weeks’ notice from another job, see if you can sneak in some time off. Even if it’s just a long weekend, you deserve some time to relax after a hectic two weeks wrapping up everything at your former job. If you have more time, consider taking a vacation as you may not be able to do that for a while when you start your new position.

Practice Your Commute

This is especially important if you have a longer commute to an area you’re not familiar with. On one of those days off, wake up early and take a test drive to your new place of employment. This will help you determine what time to leave in the morning and what to look out for on your way to and from the office.

Plan Your First Day Outfit a Few Days in Advance

There’s nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to pick out your favorite shirt or dress and realizing there is a stain on it. Think about what you’re going to wear a couple of days in advance. If you’re unsure about whether or not something is appropriate, contact one of the people you interviewed with to confirm the dress code.

Take Care of Important Appointments

Use your time between jobs to take care of any personal matters so you can spend the full day at work. This is an ideal time to go for your annual physical, dental checkup, or to meet with anyone else who works regular business hours.

Do Your Homework on Your Coworkers

If you haven’t already, look at the company’s website and see if there is an “about us” page. This is a great way to understand what the company’s culture is like, and might give you a glimpse of what your first day will be like. You might also want to send LinkedIn requests to the people you interviewed with thanking them for their time.

Think About Your Top Skills

Think about the skills you do well and how it might help you in your new role. Also, ensure that you have a clear expectation of what your boss is looking for when you sit down to go over your role and responsibilities. Thinking about these things ahead of time will allow you to prepare intelligent questions.

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