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How to have a great first day in a new job

How to have a great first day in a new job

Lioness Recruitment share their top tips to help you make the most of your first day at a new job.

The first day at a new job normally means excitement mixed with a few nerves. You’ll be learning so many different things about your new role as well as about the office dynamic and company culture. Every organisation’s onboarding process is different, with some having a set formal structure and others leaving you to find your own feet. Whatever the situation, the first day is where your new colleagues will see and speak with you for the first time, developing an initial impression that is likely to stick.

The following advice should help you navigate through your first day and get you off to the best start:

Be prepared

There’s no need to take everything plus the kitchen sink with you, but there are a few key things you should take as the company are likely to ask for them. Some organisations may have already requested some of the following but if not, you should consider taking at least some of these documents:

  • Your passport
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your driving license
  • Proof of your address (e.g. Council Tax or utility bill)
  • Your UK visa (if appropriate)
  • P45

It might be worth emailing your new employer a few days before you begin to check if there are any documents which need to be produced. Read through your offer letter to make sure they haven't already asked for something.

Don't forget to take your purse or your wallet and some money with you as well. Not only are you likely to have to buy your own lunch but you might also be invited for a welcome-to-the-team drink, and you should at least offer to get in the first round.

Also, always keep your mobile phone with you but keep it switched off or on silent for your first day so you can concentrate on the job, rather than a good luck text from your gran.

Be courteous

It should go without saying but make sure you don't accidentally rub anybody up the wrong way on your first day. Be polite and respectful with everybody you encounter including people in the car park, on reception, in the lift, etc. Every person you meet should have no reason to think that you are rude or arrogant. Make it your business to introduce yourself, especially if your new line manager doesn't remember to do it first.

Remember that it’s okay to ask for advice, and don’t lurk about looking pensive waiting for instructions, because your new colleagues are likely to think you’re a bit weird.