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Introduction to 10 Tips for Your First Day at Work

You've made it! Now make the right first impression on your first day.

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As of June 2010, there were 14.6 million unemployed adults in America, representing some 9.5 percent of the work force [source: BLS]. In this ultra-tight employment market, you're darn lucky to get your resume read, let alone land a job. But if by some miracle you get your foot in the door, try not to immediately put it in your mouth.

The first day at a new job is critical for making the right impression. After all, no office needs another toxic co-worker: the know-it-all, the gossip hound, the death breath guy and the "hey, look at my underwear" lady. Instead, you want to ooze dependability, preparedness, politeness, good grooming and above all, normality.

Here are our top 10 tips for a successful first day on a new job, starting with something you should try to do away from your desk: sleep.

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