All the Things to Know πŸ€” before You Take Your First Job πŸ’΅ ...


Resume submitted, interview aced, offer made and accepted - you're about to start your first job!

There's a lot you need to know, though, before day one in the office, so here's a quick run down on the details you'll need to hit the ground running.

1. Arrive Early

Make it your goal to arrive to work ten minutes early every single day, always.

I know what you're thinking: is punctuality really that important?

Yes, it is.

People may not notice if you're ten minutes early, but they'll definitely notice if you're five minutes late.

Protip: set your clocks at home fast by ten minutes.

It helps.

2. Just Say No

Office attire can be tough.

You want to look like yourself, and express your own style, but you also want to look professional.2

There are a few things, then, you'll want to banish from your office dress code to start: torn jeans and grubby sneaks, no matter how much you love them.

3. The Paperwork

Be prepared to spend at least a few hours that first week doing loads and loads of paperwork, and be sure to bring a photo ID.

4. The Paycheck

It can sometimes take a few weeks before you get your first paycheck.2

Be prepared for that.

5. The Politics

Expect it to take a little time to figure out the office politics in your new workplace.

It'll seem, at first, like everyone's a gossip, but chances are, they're just trying to get to know you a little.

6. Harassment is Not Okay

It's sad to say, but some of your new coworkers may try to take advantage of your newness to pay you too much of the wrong kind of attention.

This is never, ever okay, so don't feel bad about nipping it in the bud.

Report anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable, stat.

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