You did it! Starting your new political job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s natural to want to make a good impression on your new colleagues and supervisors, and to be well-prepared for your first day. To help ensure that you’re ready for your first day at your new job, here are some things you may want to consider bringing with you:
- A positive attitude: Your first day at a new job can be overwhelming, but try to stay positive and open to learning. This will help you make a good impression on your new colleagues and supervisors.
- The right attire: Make sure to dress appropriately for your new job. This may mean a suit for a corporate or government setting, dress pants and a nice top in a business office, or even jeans and a t-shirt in a more casual setting.
- Identification and necessary documents: Make sure to bring any identification or documents that may be required, such as a driver’s license or social security card. Bonus points if you bring your job application, resume and references, just in case a question comes up during your onboarding.
- Notepaper and pens: You’ll likely be given a lot of information on your first day, so make sure to bring a notepad and pen to take notes.
- Water bottle: Staying hydrated is important, especially if you’ll be sitting at a desk all day. Bring a water bottle to keep with you throughout the day.
- Lunch and snacks: Depending on the length of your workday and your preferences, you may want to bring a lunch or some snacks to keep with you at your desk, and if you’re in a new neighborhood, you might need some time to explore before you find your go-to lunch destination. Bringing food to work can help you save money and ensure that you have something to eat if you don’t have time to go out for a meal.
- Small Workspace Items: Depending on your workplace, you may want to bring some personal items to make your work environment more comfortable. This could include a coffee mug, headphones, an inspirational sign or a small plant.
- Computer and chargers: If you’ll be using a personal computer or laptop for work, make sure to bring it on your first day, along with any necessary chargers or cables.
- Watch or small clock: For the times it may not be appropriate to look at your phone to check the time, a watch or small clock will make sure you stay on schedule through the day.
- Calendar or planner: If your new role has you running between meetings, pick up a calendar or planner that will help you stay on track when your schedule fills up!
By being well-prepared and organized on your first day at a new job, you can make a strong impression and set yourself up for success in your new role. Remember to bring all necessary documents and identification, and to dress appropriately for the workplace. Have a positive attitude and be open to learning, and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any concerns or need clarification. With these things in mind, your first day at your new job will be off to a great start.