12 Tips on How To Start A New Job Well

How to Start a New Job Well

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. To get this far, it’s likely you’ve made a good impression on your manager and probably HR. Now, your first few days on the job will be about fitting in with the rest of your team.

1 — Be Prepared

You would have already done your research on your new employer throughout the interview process. However, it’s good to refresh your knowledge of the company again before you start. If you haven’t already, check out their social media feeds to find out what the company have been up to. The information you glean here may also give you hints and tips on how to start a new job well.

Vital Information

Your new employer will usually contact you before your start date to let you know what to expect on the first day. If you haven’t heard from them a couple of days before your start date, it’s wise to give them a call to make sure they’re expecting you. Alternatively, if you applied via a recruitment consultant, they will be your best port of call.

  • 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

Your new employer will likely send your contract to you in the post ahead of your start date. Along with it, they may ask you to bring some documentation with you on your first day. Typically, employers expect to see the following items:

  • 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
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

If you work in the office, plan your route in advance and allow extra time for sitting in traffic. Bear in mind that travelling time according to Google Maps won’t be the same on Monday morning as it is on Sunday evening.

3 — Take Care with What You Wear

Many workplaces have a smart casual or even casual dress code these days. That said, even if you work for the most casual employer and you’re home-based, be sure to present yourself well.

4 — Make an Effort to Meet People

Meeting people is easy if you’re office-based but can be challenging when you work from home. Nevertheless, bonding with your team is an essential part of fitting in.

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

As well as your colleagues’ names, you will have lots of other information to remember on your first day at work. You will likely have an induction, where you will learn about internal policy and company culture. There may also be on the job training, which will give you an overview of your role.

6 — Ask Questions

You will likely have lots of questions when starting a new job. From finding your way around — physically or virtually — how to perform unfamiliar tasks, to specifics about the company culture. There may also be things you’re struggling to remember or don’t understand. So don’t be afraid to ask questions; nobody expects you to be an expert on day one.

7 — Prioritise

While asking questions is essential, prioritise who you want to ask what and when. For example, let’s say you’re halfway through your first day in the office, and nobody has shown you around. By that point, you’re probably dying to know where the bathroom is! That’s a need to know right now. Similarly, if you’re working from home and can’t get a piece of tech to work, that’s a question you need to answer right away.

8 — Manage Your Time Wisely

When you’re working in the office, you will find you fall into a natural rhythm of checking your emails before work, grabbing a coffee on your way to the 9.30 scrum meeting etc… How to stay productive while you work from home is not always so obvious. If you’re unsure, ask your team for advice on how they prioritise their day.

9 — Use Positive Body Language

Career coaches often focus on body language when giving interviews and career advice. That’s because our body language gives away so much about us that we don’t want to share.

  • 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

Every workplace has its popular characters and cliques. As a newbie, it’s wise to observe office politics from a distance rather than getting involved in an attempt to fit in.

11 — Stick to Your Personal Brand

Your personal brand is something you would have worked on throughout the interview process, whether you were conscious of it or not. You might have made an effort to be polite, well mannered, dressed to impress, demonstrated good organisation skills. Whatever image you presented to your employer, there’s no doubt that was one of the reasons they hired you. Therefore, one of the biggest tips we have to offer on how to start a new job well is just to keep displaying the same character traits.

12 — Relax

A relaxed mind absorbs information more readily than one that is stressed and uptight. Remember, this is the job you wanted and worked so hard to get. Now that you’re here, you can relax and enjoy it!

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

Candidates often ask us how to start a new job well. During the application stage, we always advise candidates to be themselves throughout the interview process. Anyone who follows that advice should have no problem settling into a new role. That said, we all have personal qualities we would like to improve upon and a new job gives us the perfect opportunity to get into better habits.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog