New Job Survival Kit DIY

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new job survival kit


Starting a new job can be a stressful time. New commute, new routine, new environment and new people. It's like starting from scratch all over again.

This week, my husband started a new job - same company, different title and different location. While I am extremely proud of him for excelling in his new career since retiring from hockey, I don't envy the tough transition of starting a new job. So, to help "boss man" ease into his new routine, I created him a new job survival kit - filled with goodies to get him through the first day and week in one piece.

How to Create a New Job Survival Kit


1.  Gather the items, aka goodies, for your basket.
2.  Find a basket that is big enough for your goodies. (The one pictured was from a local dollar store.)
3.  Print these cute goodie tags, or create your own, to let the person know you are thinking of them. 
4.  Using a piece of tape, attach the tags to the goodies.
5.  Arrange goodies in the basket.
6.  Enjoy the smile you put on their face as they open the basket. 


new job survival kit

In my husband's basket, he found...

1.    Fancy socks  ...  to keep you on your toes.
2.    Mid-day snack  ...  to keep you sweet.
3.    Hand sanitizer  ...  to keep you fresh.
4.    Pens  ...  to remember what's important.
5.    Reusable coffee mug  ...  to be responsible. 
6.    Coffee gift card  ...  to fuel your day.
7.    Note book  ...  to not miss a note.
8.    Deodorant  ...  to no sweat the small stuff.
9.    Highlighters  ...  because you are the highlight of my day.
10.  Gum  ...  to help you stick to your goals.
11.  Lip balm  ...  to keep smiling.

inside new job survival kit

Found in the checkout aisle at my local Walmart, including a SNICKERS® bar in the survival kit was a no-brainer. Packed with roasted peanuts, nougat, caramel and milk chocolate, a SNICKERS® bar is the perfect mid-day snack to combat that afternoon slump. The last thing I want is for him to go hungry, or turn into a 'princess' mid-afternoon. 


SNICKERS location in Walmart

To create your own "New Job Survival Kit", use this free printable, which includes cute notes for each of the goodies pictured above and a shopping list.  

The verdict? The basket was a hit. And the first week? "Boss man" rocked it like the pro that he is.


opening new job survival kit


Who are you when you're hungry? Take the SNICKERS® quiz below to find out. I'd love to hear your results in the comments!



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