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Preparing for Day One of a New Assignment

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You’ve just landed a full time job, a part time job, or a new temporary assignment, and you can’t wait to schedule your start date and hit the ground running! For the most part, you have everything you need: The right training, a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic. But you can still use a little preparation. Here are a few things you’ll need to do to make sure you’re truly ready for anything.

Make a morning plan

If your new job will start early in the day, you’ll have to walk backwards from your hour of arrival in order to make sure you aren’t late. Map your route to the venue, and decide when you’ll need to leave, accounting for traffic. Determine what you’ll have to do before you get on the road (Breakfast? Childcare?) and then decide when you’ll need to wake up. Don’t leave any of your morning routine to chance.

Ask what you’ll need to bring with you

If you’re expected to bring any paperwork or documentation with you, find out now. You’ll also need to know if you’re expected to provide your own uniform, your own safety gear, your own work gloves, or your own materials of any kind. At the very least, you’ll want to take something that you can use to take notes, and you’ll also want to bring a photo ID, just in case.

Prepare your outfit

First impressions can go a long way, and since you’ll be meeting plenty of new people on your first day, you’ll want to look your best. Think about the clothing that will be most appropriate for this workplace, and be sure to have it pressed or dry cleaned well in advance. Have a back-up plan if you discover a stain or tear at the last minute.

Attend to your other responsibilities

If you have pets, children, family members, neighbors, or friends who need or expect something from you on a daily basis, make sure you address this in advance. You won’t be able to deal with these needs while you’re at work, so make other plans and have back-ups in mind if your plans fall through.

Learn as much as you can about your first assignment

You may not be able to do much about this, and you may not know much about your new responsibilities until you officially step into your new role. But if you can, proactively find out what will be expected of you as you take the wheel. When your new tasks are handed over, you’ll be able to take them on with confidence.
For more on how to prepare for your first day on the job, reach out to the staffing and job search experts at CSS.

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