Labor and Employment

Starting a New Job Checklist

Congratulations on your new job! It's an exciting time. You may be feeling stressed-out, too. It's natural. There's a lot of things to do and remember, on top of making a good first impression. This checklist will help you ease into your new job:

Things To Do Before the First Day

  • Do some research about your new employer - unless, of course, you did this during your job hunt. Ask your new manager if there are any books or web sites they would like you to browse before starting
  • Call and make sure you have all the contact information for the person you'll report to on the fist day - name, office phone number, office location, etc. 
  • Complete any paperwork needed by your new employer's HR department
  • Plan the route you'll take to work as well as alternate routes, and take a test drive to make sure you're not late! Look into public transportation and car pooling options
  • Complete any drug test or fingerprinting required by your new employer
  • Decide what you're going to wear during your first week and dress professionally until you become accustomed to the office style
  • Get a good night's sleep before the big day. Don't let the stress and excitement take over

During the First Few Days: Administrative Matters

  • Be on time, even early, if possible
  • Take any new-hire orientation classes; browse the company intranet for resources available to you
  • Find out when you're eligible for employee benefits and enroll
  • Read through the employee handbook
  • Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions about anything related to your job
  • Take a walk around the building or the campus to get a feel for where things are
  • Take notes of names, room and office numbers as you tour the building and meet people

Making a Good First - and Lasting - Impression

  • Arrive at work early and don't rush out the door at the end of the day
  • Walk into your new workplace with a smile on your face
  • Make eye contact with, introduce yourself to, and be polite and friendly to everyone you meet
  • Try to learn your co-workers' names quickly 
  • Be a good listener
  • Use your lunch time to get to know some of your co-workers better
  • Don't gossip, and don't complain about your boss, co-workers or your job 
  • Always leave personal problems at home
  • Keep a positive attitude and an open mind
  • Keep your boss informed about how you are doing
  • Look for new opportunities and responsibilities as soon as you have a handle on your new job
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