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What do I need to know when I start a new job?
Starting a new job can be exciting and daunting at the same time. You’ll no doubt want to make a good impression on your first day and you won’t want to ruffle too many feathers. With some simple preparation you can be ready for whatever your first day brings, including the important tasks of getting your paperwork and superannuation sorted.
Ten things to prepare before the first day.
- Research. Bring yourself up to speed with anything and everything about the company. Online research and talking to people you know within the industry will help.
- Prepare some questions. You will probably be provided with an opportunity to learn about your colleagues’ different roles within the company. Rather than be put on the spot it can help to pre-prepare some questions you would like to know the answer for.
- Be admin ready. Having your bank account details and Tax File Number (TFN) sorted. This sets you up to ensure your pay goes where you want it to.
- Be ‘super’ savvy. This is as important is knowing your back account details. Having your superannuation account details on your first day will show your employer that you are organised. It also sets you up to ensure your super is paid into a super account of your choice. Having one super fund that you take from job-to-job is an important step towards a comfortable retirement. If you don’t you could end up with multiple accounts and that means paying multiple fees. It will also be hard to keep track of all your different funds. It’s really easy to pre-prepare your superannuation information before your first day by following a few simple steps.
- Manage your time wisely. It will be important so show up on time when you arrive, show up on time to meetings and ensure you deliver your projects on time. If you’re an organised person this should be easy.
- Practice your pitch. You’ll be asked by your new colleagues about your background and past experience. It will help if you have thought about this before you arrive and can get the description down to a short explanation.
- Be confident and social. Make it a priority to introduce yourself to your new colleagues.
- Listen and learn. Now is not the time to be the expert. Make sure you listen to what everyone has to say.
- Put your mobile phone on silent. You shouldn’t have work priorities coming through to your phone in the first few days so there is no need to be distracted by it. It is also not a good look to be using your social networking tools whilst you are working.
- Relax and enjoy it. Make the most of the learning stage of your new job. Your first couple of weeks will hopefully be focussed on learning and meeting colleagues.
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