Jessica Tabinor Knowledge Bank
Starting a new job can be a daunting experience, whether you’re moving onto your next role or if it’s your first ever job. There are many questions that may be running through your head… is the job going to live up to your expectations? What are your colleagues going to be like? Are you going to get along with your manager?
Even though there will inevitably be things that are out of your control, there are some things that you can do to try and give yourself the smoothest possible transition into your exciting new job.
Research the company and culture
Make sure that you put some time aside for researching the company that you’re moving to. If you’ve had to have an interview to get the job in the first place, it’s likely that you’ll have already looked into the company to prepare yourself, but a refresh is always a good idea!
We suggest taking a quick look at online review sites such as Glassdoor as they can be a great way to get a feel for the company’s culture. Remember to be open-minded about reviews left by former employees though, as some may have been left in bad taste and may not represent the experience that you’ll have at the company.
Practice the commute
The last thing that you want to do on your first day is to be late. Again, if you’ve already had an interview on the company’s premises, you’ll have made the journey before and will hopefully have a good idea of how long it’s going to take you. Make sure you take into consideration any busy periods and if your hours of work coincide with rush hour, it might be worth practising the journey a couple of times before you start.
Give yourself plenty of time for the first few days until you know exactly how long the commute takes so you can leave home at the right time.
Plan your first day
Make sure that you thoroughly read through your contract and job description before starting your new job and know what the key requirements are. What are the set working hours? What’s the dress code?
Ensure that you bring in any key documentation to prove your identity and your eligibility to work in the relevant country/countries. Your job may require specialist equipment so it’s essential to know what you will need to provide yourself and what the company will be providing for you before you start.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
It’s inevitable that you will come across testing situations, especially early on in your new job. You won’t know everything straight away so make sure you fire away as many questions as you can when you first start, whether that’s relating to the technicalities of the job or something that’s HR-related.
This will mean that you avoid worrying about things further down the line when it may seem too late to ask even the simplest of questions!
Take it easy
Moving into a new job can be stressful for us all, but it’s important to find the right balance between preparing for your next role and taking things easy to give yourself the best start as possible.
You may have a few days off between jobs that may present you with a chance to tick-off some long-overdue admin tasks that you’ve been putting off for months. But just remember that the priority is giving yourself the best possible chance to get off to a good job in your new job. If possible, get in as much rest as you can before your switch so you’re ready to give 100% straight away.