Your daughter is starting her first real job after college. Or maybe it’s you, the parent, starting a new job. No matter the age of a new full-time employee, bringing these three things on the first day of a new job makes a strong positive impression, and sets an employee up for maximum future success.
1. Bring a clean, blank notebook and a pen to the first day of a new job.
You’re going to be learning a lot the first day, week, and month, right?
Pull out your notebook and take notes on what you’re learning. Write down passwords and assigned tasks, and note the names and titles of people you meet so that you can greet them by name when you see them, and later, connect to them on LinkedIN.
In the back of the notebook, make a list of tasks and projects you see at your new job that you might be able to take on at some point. There’ll be many times in the future when you’ll be able to say to those who supervise you, “I noticed that this needs to be done. How about if I take that on?”
When the first day of your new job is behind you, continue to take notes on what you’re learning each day, always including the day’s date at the top of each page. Review your notes each night. You’ll be viewed as a careful person who can be trusted with details—because you’ll actually be a careful person who can be trusted with details.
“Can’t I just enter the things I need to know about my new job into my phone?”
No, don’t do that.
You don’t want to be constantly opening up your phone and tapping necessary info into your yellow notes app, because people may wonder if you’re just monkeying around on Instagram.
Take notes in an actual physical notebook, and you’ll communicate to those around you, “I am a careful, detail-oriented person who can be trusted to keep track of things.”
2. Bring all necessary I.D. documentation and paperwork to the first day of a new job.
You’ll need it to get set up on the security and payroll systems. Plan to bring both your passport or driver’s license, and your social security card.
3. Bring a healthy packed lunch that contains protein to the first day of a new job.
You’ve got enough to process on your first day without figuring out where you’re going to buy lunch.
Pack yourself a lunch that includes protein, so you’ll be able to think straight and maintain high energy all day.
To keep your lunch fresh and cold all day, use my very favorite lunch bag: the PackIt. The PackIt has lightweight freezable gel permanently built into the sides of a good looking cloth bag, (with many colors to choose from), so you’ll never have to cope with a heavy, wet ice block again. To use, simply fold the PackIt lunch bag flat and store it in the freezer overnight. In the morning, the walls of the lunch bag will be completely frozen and ready to chill food and drinks for hours.
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Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free, ready to move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.