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Starting a New Job

Congratulations – you are starting a new job!

If it is possible try take off one or two weeks before starting, you will need to separate from your previous workplace.

The first day

On the first day take your proof of identity such as passport and your bank details. You will also need to take the following:

•Your national insurance number
•Your driving license
•Proof of address
•P45 (ask your former company payroll department)

It is a good idea to take along a light small folder with you, you’re likely to be given information to read through and a copy of your contract and rather than putting it in your bag, putting it neatly into a folder will mark you out as someone who likes to take care of things.


Most employers on the first day may treat you to lunch to welcome you into the team. Your mobile phone should be with you at all times, but keep it switched off or on silent for your first day so you can concentrate on the job. Below are some tips to help with your new job.

Arrive at your new job 15/25 minutes early and be well presented. First impressions count!

  • Remember who you are talking to by knowing their names. It’s a good idea that you put a mind map together so that you know the key people in your team and also in reception as these are the ones you will be conversing with on a day to day basis. It is also good to know the managers/senior engineers of other department’s, however, it is not essential at this stage.

  • Listen carefully to your manager/senior engineers or mentors of the team at the early stages of your new job. Make notes to make it easier as there will be a lot of information to take in the first weeks of your new job.

  • Be calm! It’s natural to be a little nervous, but you don’t want to be in such a fluster either. Give your confidence a boost by reminding yourself of the hurdles you’ve successfully jumped to land the job in the first place.

  • Ask Questions – your first week is the ideal time to find out as much as possible about your new job and the company you work for. The more questions you ask your manager and work colleagues now, the more capable you’ll be when it matters.

  • Have a positive attitude – Nothing works better in all situations than having and expressing a positive attitude. Let your enthusiasm for being part of the team and the company show to everyone you interact with.  And always leave non work problems at home.

  • Be part of the team and work together to solve problems and get the job done. Show loyalty to your work colleagues and focus initially at least on sharing recognition you get with the team. Always give credit to the team!

  • Be a self starter – during your first few days you will be given small tasks to do to ease you in to the job. As you finish your assignments and are ready to handle a bigger workload take the initiative and ask for more assignments. Whatever you do don’t just sit there waiting for your next project. Ask your manager for something to do as there will be other members of staff that could do with an extra pair of hands and they will appreciate your efforts to start making an immediate impact.

  • Set yourself goals and be organised – keep track of your meetings, appointments, assignments, site visits, and projects. Get a planner or organizer to keep on top of all your work.

  • Keep your manager informed how you are getting on – especially in the early days. A meeting with your manager on a regular basis will build rapport and relationship. Express interest in moving forward and ask what else you can be doing to get to the next step. Keep it professional and let your manager see how much of a hard worker you are.

Final Thoughts

The early days are when your manager and work colleagues form lasting impressions about you. This is when they make assessments about your ‘typical behaviour’ the ‘type’ of person you are. Managers and work colleagues will take you as seriously as you seem to take yourself and your work. And in the work place, during those first few early days when you are meeting everyone and everyone is meeting you first impressions about you and your future potential can make a major impact on your future success with the company.

Keep in touch with your recruitment consultant and let them know how you are getting on. They are there to help!

To discuss anything further please call Bridgewater Consultancy.