preparing for you new role


Before/On the first day at work:

You’ve followed our plan, landed yourself a job, but the next hurdle facing you is the first day of your new job. Securing a position was just the start; now you have to build upon all your hard work and convince your employer they have picked the right candidate.

Most employers will write a ‘probation period’ into employment contracts, usually for three months, though sometimes this can be longer. From your point of view, think of this as your trial period, and concentrate your efforts on creating a good impression with your employer and the team you work with.

The first day on the new job is nerve wracking for most people. So to take away some of the stress, we’ve compiled a checklist of what to do and what to avoid to make your first day a success.

The week before: 

  • Confirm with your employer when your working day starts, and when they want you in on the first day. If the company has multiple sites also confirm the location
  • Find out the company policy of dress code at work and plan what you will wear. If you need to wear a suit, make sure it’s clean
  • Work out your travel arrangements - if you’re driving, do you need a permit for the car park?
  • If you’re using public transport, plan your journey in advance. Do a ‘dry run’ in rush hour if necessary.

The day before:

  • Iron your shirt, set your alarm and get a good night’s sleep
  • Don’t calm your nerves with a few drinks. Turning up on your first day hung over and smelling of alcohol won’t do you any favours
  • Don’t eat strong smelling foods

On the day:

  • Be on time! employers won’t be amused with your ‘the bus was late’ story. Give yourself enough time in the morning, and remember that it’s better to be half an hour early than a minute late
  • Make sure you look smart, clean and tidy. First impressions count
  • Be open, friendly, and show willingness to learn and work hard. Starting with the right attitude will impress your new colleagues and your employer
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t understand something that your boss has asked you to do, ask for clarification
  • Remember the names of your colleagues. If you’re working in an office, draw a floor plan to map out where your new workmates sit
  • Make friends. It’s not just your abilities that an employer is interested in, but also your ability to work with the rest of the team. Be on your best behaviour, and try to get on with everyone
  • Don’t use the work phone / email for personal use