How To Have a Successful First Day Of WorkOn November 30, 2020 by Brent Bates
Starting a new job with a different company can be an exciting and scary experience. Knowing what to have ready and how to interact with your new managers and co-workers will get you headed in the right direction. Here are a few things to do to get ready for your first day.
Complete Your Hiring Paperwork
Contact your Human Resources department before your first day of work to see if you should complete your hiring paperwork before you get there. This would free up time during your orientation to learn more about your responsibilities. If you do this, remember to take your driver’s license or another official form of identification to show the HR representative. You may also need to have your Social Security card especially if you are unsure of your number. Speak to your manager to find out what they need from you before you arrive.
Prepare Yourself For the Day
Reach out to your new manager to find out what they would like you to have ready for your first day with them. Purchase work safety gear if your tasks require it and you must provide your own. Clarify with them if there is a dress code and what you should wear when you are with them. Purchase a new wardrobe if you are lacking the correct garments. Ask if there is any documentation that you can review before you get there. Research the company, what they do, and what they stand for so that you are familiar with your surroundings and those who work there. If you are given a copy of the employee manual, study it thoroughly and note the particular rules that pertain to your position.
Familiarize Yourself With the Company
Once you are there, get to know those in your department and ask if they are open for questions. Pay close attention to your training and take notes if you feel the need to. Be friendly with everyone you meet and take a moment to introduce yourself. Find out where places like the restroom and break room are. Tour the facility with your manager and ask questions about what you see. Be open to information from your new co-workers as well as advice and critiques on your work. Listen intently to those who are training you, take clear and elaborate notes on what they tell you, and build a relationship with them so you can lean on each other.