The first day at your new job may be among the most memorable — and perhaps stressful — of your career. "Most of us remember our first days at every job because of the heightened pressure to impress," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job." "But you can reduce your anxiety by being as meticulous in planning your first day as you were in securing your new position."
Here are 21 things you should do on the first day of your new job:
1. Prepare and ask questions
2. Prepare an elevator pitch
3. Show up early, but enter the building on time.
4. Figure out the social landscape
7. Look and play the part
8. Don't be shy
9. Talk to as many people as possible
10. Befriend at least one colleague
11. Don't try too hard
12. Don't turn down lunch