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8 Must-Haves On 1st Day Of Work

Submitted by on December 13, 2009 – 02:52No Comment

There’s this thing that almost every working adult does at the end of each year – receive their well deserved bonus for being loyal for one year and switch jobs in January. It’s not an encourage-able thing to do but it’s the latest trend among the young working adults these days. As easy as it seems, switching job requires a lot of adaptation in terms of working culture, environment and concept. But there are some things that would never change: the 8 must-haves on the first day of work. Wherever you go, whatever you do, here are the 8 must-haves you need on your first day of work.

1.) Stationaries
Most big corporations provide stationaries to their employees. Some of them have a storage room filled with stationaries such as pens, notepads, papers, etc. for their employees to choose from. Others require the employees to fill in an application form to request for the stationaries they need. I prefer to have my pen and notepad with me at work all the time. Easy to jot down important information and look professional. It’s much better than hunting for a pen and paper on your first day at work when your boss briefs you on a project.

2.) Umbrella
Whether you are walking to work or driving, a umbrella always comes in handy. You would never be able to tell when the sun decides to hide behind the clouds and let the rain falls. So be prepared. You don’t want to be drenched on your first day of work, do ya? Besides, if you are carrying those long ones, you can use the umbrella for personal protection against street robbers, perhaps.

3.) Comfortable Shoes
The worst nightmare on first day of work would be hurting shoes/heels. Imagine trying to stand upright or walk gracefully next to your boss in those new heels you just bought last night. Never wear a new pair of heels on your first day because you won’t know how comfortable the heels are to your feet until you get accustom to it. Choose a comfortable heels and walk with confidence.

4.) Presentable Outfits
If you are working in the creative line, a pair of dark jeans and a shirt would do great – nothing too formal because your boss would probably just dress the same. I remember wearing formal clothes to the studio on my first day of work and my Creative Director introduced himself in his three quarter pants and sleeveless shirt. If you are working in the business line, proper suit wear would be the best. Dark colours are recommended as you wouldn’t want to stand out like a sore thumb on your first day, would ya?

5.) Water Bottle / Mug
Looking for a mug in the pantry to quench your thirst? Or one to be placed on your desk so that you can drink while you are working? Always bring your own on the first day. Some companies provide employees with individual mugs. Some don’t. I always have my mug with me at work, new or old office. The mug never change, the office does. Hehe! I am stuck with my favourite office mug.

6.) Tissue Paper
Your first lunch with the new colleagues and they are all staring at you after the meal. You realize that there is probably something stuck to your teeth or some sauce smeared near your lips. Always have a packet of tissue in your bag. Using one after meals reflect on your dining manners. Offering one to your new colleagues may actually make them smile with gratefulness.

7.) Travel Companion
I am not talking about a friend or person. I am referring to good music and songs that make you feel good. On your way to report duty on your first day, put on some good music and let it calm your nerves and groove your day. It could be a good CD in the player when you drive or a MP3 player to accompany you as you take public transport. Good music always help to soothe your anxiety on the first day.

8.) New Hairstyle
I always believe in starting the proper way when it comes to venturing into something new. A new hairstyle always does the trick. When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you perform good. Make your boss feel proud that he has hired you and make him realize that he has make the right decision to hire you. Confidence is the key.

Think you are ready for your first day? Think again.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2009

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