Congratulations on your new job!

You’ve got so much to think about. Am I going to like it? What is my job going to be like all day? What am I going to wear?

Once the dust settles, there’s one more question you might want to think about…how will I make sure I succeed on my new job? Believe it or not, laying the groundwork for that starts before your very first day.

Show up

One of the most important things is to show up each day on time. Let’s face it, things ALWAYS go a little wrong when you start a new job. You child gets sick. You get a flat tire. You wake up late. The key to dealing with these situations and still getting to work on time has to do with planning ahead. Here are some things to think about:

  • Do you have a backup transportation plan? Get Uber or Lyft set up on your phone so it’s there in a pinch. Downloading the bus line’s app can also be helpful if you aren’t familiar with your new route.
  • If you have a pet, child, parent or anyone else you’re responsible for, think about a backup plan if your usual helper can’t make it that day.
  • Get everything ready the night before – from your clothes to your lunch. This way, if you wake up a few minutes late, you’re not scrambling around quite as much.

Effort, Not Perfection

Contrary to what many people think, employers aren’t looking for perfection. What they do care about is that someone is TRYING their hardest.

If you’re having trouble catching onto something, just ask. It’s better to do that pretend you have it under control and make a bunch of mistakes. Sometimes, all it takes is a little extra training. Keep making an effort and don’t give up. You’ve got this!

Bring Your Best Attitude

You’re not going to like everyone you work with, but you can’t let that get to you. If you have a bad attitude because you don’t like someone, that’s only going to reflect poorly on you , not them. Here are some coping skills to use when someone’s getting to you:

  • The next time you’re able to go to the restroom, so a reset. Maybe splash some water on your face or just spend a quiet moment to reset. Pretend it’s a brand new day.
  • Talk to someone on the job that you trust. Sometimes, all you need to do is vent a little bit.
  • Write down what you really want to say to get it all out. Crumble it up and dispose of it somewhere no one will find.
  • Turn some tunes on while you’re on break. It’s helpful to have a playlist of a few songs that never fail to put you in a good mood.


The best thing you can do is smile at each person you pass in the hallways, lunchroom and so on. This gives everyone a great impression of you and makes them want to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Just pretend each person you see is your BFF. Look them in the eye and flash a quick smile. It feels strange at first, but trust us, it’ll be second nature in no time flat.

Good Luck!

If you bring your best attitude, you best effort and show up on time each day, it’s only a matter of time before everyone’s going to notice the new rock star on the scene. By following these tips, you’re sure to succeed on your new job!

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