Before Day 1
Once you've landed the job, you'll be “onboarded”. Nope, it's got nothing to do with boats. An “onboarding” process tells you more about the company you’re going to work for: their mission, vision, goals, rules, and all the life admin paperwork your heart desires. Your “onboarding” process could:
- Happen online, before you start work. Your new employer will tell you how to do it, and answer any questions you may have.
- Happen in the workplace, via orientation days or sessions. These might not happen on the day you start – check with your supervisor and sign up for the sessions. If anything seems confusing, ask for help!
What to take to work
It’s a good idea to ask your new employer what you should bring with you on your first day. This may include:
- Your TFN (Tax File Number) – apply for one here.
- Your bank account details
- Your driver’s licence or passport
- Details of your superannuation fund (If you have one. Your employer might have a preferred super supplier – ask!)
- Your physical and postal address
- Details of an emergency contact
- Something to eat! You might not have time to suss out where to buy food, and you need to keep your energy levels up. (A good excuse to buy that cool new lunch box…)
Must-know before you go
You’re raring to go, but have you thought about the following?
And, of course, how much do you get paid
- Work location – double check exactly where you should arrive.
- Work hours – know when you need to arrive on your first day, and the hours you’ll work.
- Supervisor – make sure you know who you need to talk to when you arrive.
- Travel arrangements – how are you going to get to work? Do a dummy run during rush hour before Day 1 so that you know how long it will take you.
- Dress code – make sure you know what you’re expected and allowed to wear. No torn jeans or singlets! Some businesses might expect you to wear a uniform – find out if you should arrange to collect this.
, and when. The important bit, right?
On Day One
The first and most important thing is... Meeting your new team! Your supervisor should introduce you to everyone. If not, don't be shy: introduce yourself with a smile: handshakes might not survive post-Covid... Yes, greet them even if they're as odd as these guys below. And try to remember their names! That's important to impress.
On day one you should ask questions when you are unsure about something – and listen to the answers!
- Put your mobile phone on silent – and stow it. You need to be 100% present at work.
- Your duties: find out exactly what type of tasks you’ll be doing, and what your supervisor expects.
- If you haven’t done an online onboarding process, today’s the day you’ll be filling out and signing paperwork. This can include forms about tax and superannuation, providing your employer with your bank details, confidentiality agreements etc.
- Get to know the policies and procedures of your workplace. This includes safety procedures, policies for internet, email and mobile use, leave allocations… Need-to-know stuff!
- Facilities – is there a kitchen area you can use to prepare and eat your food? Or a place where you can buy food? Where’s the toilet? Are there any unsafe areas to avoid, or specific entrances and exits to use? Are there security lockers for possessions, or any shower and change rooms?
- Break times – when and for how long are you allowed to take a break
- Security pass: if you need one, today's the day to get one – ask your supervisor to help.
- Working on a computer? Write down your login information and passwords and keep it safe.
- If you are an apprentice or trainee, find out when and how your training will be delivered by your RTO (Registered Training Organisation): will it be at TAFE or another location, and what days/hours are you expected to attend training?
- Who are the people you can speak to if you have any problems or concerns? It’s important to find out who can help you when you need it.
You’ve got the basics sorted – now you want to impress your new team. Read our guide on how to make a good impression on your first day at work here
. You got this!
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