How to ensure your first day at a new job is a success

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How to ensure your first day at a new job is a success

BY Skillset 25 Feb, 2022

Starting a new job can be both exciting and a little bit daunting. Here are some tips for ensuring your first day at a new job is a success:

Be on time

Turning up to work on time is an expected part of most jobs – however, it is never more important than on your first day of a new job! Remember that saying about first impressions?

Try to create a positive first impression by being at least 10 – 15 minutes early on your first day. To make sure you arrive on time, research how to get to your new job before you travel there. Consider potential traffic, parking options, public transport availability and timetables, as well as walking distances when determining how long your trip to your new job might take.

Dress appropriately

It is important to dress appropriately for your new job. This may mean ensuring you meet any Work Health and Safety requirements if you work in an industry which has specific dress specifications to prevent injuries to workers, such as wearing closed in shoes or ensuring long hair is tied back. If you are unsure what to wear on your first day, it is a good idea to ask your employer about their expectations. Making sure you dress appropriately is another way of creating a good first impression. It will also prevent embarrassment if you arrive at your new workplace wearing unsuitable attire.

Bring required employment documentation with you

Some employers require their employees to bring key documents and information with them on the first day. Usually employers provide a list of these. This list can include:

  • Your tax file number
  • Bank account details – so your employer can pay you
  • Your superannuation fund details
  • A copy of any qualifications, training or licences you may need for your job
  • Emergency contact details.

As part of preparations for your new job, make sure you collect this material before the first day. Some people will need to print out copies of this information and bring it with them, whereas other people may be able to access and provide this information electronically.

Be ready for a lot of information

On your first day at a new job, it is likely you will encounter a lot of new information. You will meet new people, be introduced to your new working environment and probably go to some form of induction where you will learn about your employer and their expectations for your new job. Be ready to receive this information. No one expects you to remember everyone’s names and to be across all the employer’s policies and procedures after the first day, however it is expected that you give your full attention and show interest in the information being delivered to you.

Checklist for starting a new job 

There are a lot of things to think about when starting a new job and sometimes it can be challenging to keep track of everything you need to do. To assist, try using this ‘Starting A New Job Checklist from the Fair Work Ombudsman. This checklist should prompt you to find all the information you need when commencing a new job.


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