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So you’ve secured yourself a new job and are keen to know what to expect on the first day. In this article we will give you an understanding of how to tackle common settling in problems with your new employer and work colleagues, plus a checklist of what to bring.

First things first, let’s relish in the fact that you’ve got a job! Congratulations!

It may not be your dream job but it may provide you with skills, training, experience, money and confidence and be a step in the right direction. It is easier to get a new job once you are already in work, and we can always learn from any job we are in.

Some things to ponder…

  • What makes you excited in this job?
  • Are there parts that you enjoy doing that you might have to give up?
  • How does the job improve your quality of life?
  • What do you personally want to get out of the job?
  • What new skills will you develop?
  • How will this job help you to achieve your goals?

What to bring on the first day of your new job

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  • Tax file number
  • Bank account details – Account number, BSB number and branch of Bank
  • Superannuation details
  • Any Certificates that you have

What the employer will do

  • Introduce you to other staff members
  • Show you your work station
  • Go through their work health and safety policy
  • Inform you of the different sections of the organisation
  • Get you to sign all documents
  • Give you your Job Description

More tips for your first day

  • Plan to arrive 10 mins early and dress appropriately, take pride in your presentation.
  • Know what you are going to wear the night before and get it ready and ironed, wear shoes that are comfortable to wear all day.
  • Save your employers number to your phone, you never know when you may need it.
  • If you are sick call your employer. Make sure you get a doctor’s certificate.
  • Turn off your phone and if for some reason you need it on put it on silent and let your supervisor know why.
  • Be sure of the address, plan the route and time it takes to get there and check where to park your car if you are driving.
  • Keep to your allocated lunch break even if everyone else stays longer.
  • Ask questions if you are unsure of anything.
  • Find out who is your supervisor and if you have questions ask them.
  • Smile and try to fit in.
  • Follow workplace rules.
  • Bring your lunch. Find out when you are to take breaks (including lunch) and where to store your personal items.
  • Listen carefully and take notes, don’t challenge what is being said to you, ask questions instead. Your opinion may not always be considered as it takes time to earn the respect of your employer and team members and once earned you will be given more responsibility.
  • Don’t wait for others to introduce themselves first, introduce yourself to them as you pass or as you meet them. Be friendly and make a good impression.

Don’t forget – ETC is here to help!

We hope this information has helped you with understanding what to expect on the first day of your new job.

  • Make sure you let us know as soon as you start your new job. You can either call 1800 007 400 or submit the details here >>
  • Please retain all of your payslips and provide a copy to your ETC Jobs / Youth Advisor.
  • If you are unsure of any area of your job, please speak to your employer or contact your Jobs Advisor, don’t just leave!
  • If your work hours conflict with appointments with ETC, please remember to notify us to reschedule. Work comes first!

The Fair Work Ombudsman has a free online course to help people when they start a new job.

It will help you understand:

  • what your rights are
  • what questions to ask
  • the types of behaviour expected in the workplace.

Start the course here >>



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