12 Tips on How To Start A New Job Well

So, you’ve been successful in your job search, made it through the job interviews, and now you’re looking forward to your first day at work. Congratulations on making it this far! You obviously put in considerable effort to outshine competing applicants and convince your new employer that you’re the best candidate for the job. Now your job is to reassure them that they made the right decision. Don’t worry! In this article, we offer our top twelve tips on how to start a new job well, no matter whether you’re office-based or working remotely.

How to Start a New Job Well

1 — Be Prepared

Vital Information

The vital pieces of information you will need to know include the following, but you may also have a few of your own:

  • What time do you start?
  • Is there anything your new manager would like you to prepare for your first day?
  • What is the dress code?
  • If you’re on site:
  • Who do you report to?
  • Will you have an allocated parking space? If not, where should you park?
  • Will you need a pass to access the building? If so, where do you get this from?
  • Do you need to bring anything with you?
  • Are there any hygiene rules you must adhere to in the building?
  • If you’re working remotely:
  • Where do you get your tech kit from?
  • Is there a specific system you need to log in to by a particular time?
  • What are your login details?

Administration

  • Photographic ID, such as driving licence or passport
  • Two proofs of address, for which you could take utility bills, a bank statement or your driving licence, providing you’re not using it for your photo ID
  • UK visa (if applicable)
  • P45 from your previous job
  • If your previous employer has not yet processed your P45, something with your national insurance number on it. Such as a payslip, P60 or letter from HMRC

You should also take a pen and paper with you so you can take lots of notes on your first day. You’re not superhuman and won’t remember every single detail. Although, taking lots of notes throughout your first day allows you to review them in your own time until they sink in.

Remote employee reviewing her employment contract.
There can be a lot of admin that comes with starting a new job.

2 — Show Up on Time

When working remotely, obviously, you don’t need to take traffic into account. However, it’s good to familiarise yourself with your new tech spec and iron out any issues with your setup. It’s a good idea to log in ten or so minutes early. This way, you can check your emails or slack messages before you start.

3 — Take Care with What You Wear

By that we mean, clean, ironed clothing with no rips and save the pyjamas under your pillow until bedtime. Have a shower and brush your teeth before you’re due to log in. Nobody can smell you on a video call, but it will help make you feel more alert.

Even if you’re working remotely, you never know when your manager will want a quick chat over zoom. Always be prepared for a surprise meeting!

4 — Make an Effort to Meet People

Your manager will probably arrange a team meeting to introduce you to your colleagues. It’s also a good idea to book time in your teammates’ diaries to make a more personal introduction with individuals.

Try to remember the names of anyone you meet. When you’re meeting many people in a short space of time, this can be easier said than done. Names can be particularly tricky to commit to memory when you’re not meeting them in person. Nonetheless, people appreciate it when you can remember their names, and it will make your job more manageable if you can.

If you do forget someone’s name after being introduced to them, own up as soon as possible. ‘Hey, I’m so sorry, you’ll have to excuse me; I’ve had a lot to take in, and I’ve completely forgotten your name! Could you please remind me?’ Will sound more acceptable in your first few days than after a few weeks on the job.

New employee learning how to start a new job well
Starting a new job on the right foot can set you in good stead for the rest of your career.

5 — Pay Attention

Despite the overwhelming amount of information, you must pay attention to anything existing staff give you and make lots of notes.

6 — Ask Questions

Asking questions when you first start a new job is perfectly acceptable. In fact, not asking questions is not just OK, but expected. Managers often worry about new employees who don’t ask questions because it could mean they’re struggling but too afraid to speak up. Staying silent can cause more significant issues further down the line, so don’t be scared to ask questions in the early days of a new job.

Conversely, people who ask lots of questions when starting a new job usually go on to outperform those who don’t.

7 — Prioritise

On the other hand, queries about your first marketing strategy meeting are not so important on the first day. What’s more, questions of this nature are probably best to ask in a 1:1 review meeting with your manager.

You should also be mindful of who you direct your questions to. For example, someone with 20 years of experience is likely to be more knowledgeable than someone who started two weeks ago.

Write down anything that comes into your head, and be sure to direct the right question to the right person at the appropriate time.

8 — Manage Your Time Wisely

9 — Use Positive Body Language

For example, when we’re nervous, we tend to avoid making eye contact with the person we’re talking to. Your team may misinterpret this as a lack of interest in your new role.

It’s almost impossible to keep your body language in check all the time. However, a few habits are good to get into if you want to appear more confident and approachable.

  • Stand up straight
  • Make eye contact with whoever you’re speaking to
  • Don’t fidget
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets
  • Have a clear desk at all times
  • Work on your handshake or other more hygienic greetings

10 — Steer Clear of Office Politics

As a rule, if someone is doing something unsafe, unethical or against company policy, discuss it with your line manager. Besides that, your only job as a newcomer is learning your job and getting on with it.

11 — Stick to Your Personal Brand

12 — Relax

A Few Final Thoughts on How to Start a New Job Well

The above list might look like a lot to think about, but they are all things that we know from experience that managers like to see in new starters. Some will come to you more naturally than others. So instead of trying to remember all of the above all of the time, focus on areas you know you know are your weak spots.

After reading this article we hope you have a better idea of how to start a new job well. If you found it useful, please share it on social media, where others can benefit from it too.

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