What to expect in your first job
Congratulations! You got that great new job! Here's what to expect as you begin your new job.
First day and first week
- Go through orientation, if your company offers it.
- Fill out forms for taxes, insurance, retirement plan, and other payroll deductions. Some employers may provide you with a packet of information and forms to fill out at home. Bring them back the next day.
- Obtain a copy of the employee handbook and make sure to review it. This where you will find information about vacation days, health benefits and company policies.
- Meet with your supervisor to review expectations and receive your first assignment.
- Introduce yourself to co-workers.
- Arrange your desk or work space.
- Be sure your computer is set up with your employee login information.
- Read your employee handbook and note if you have questions to ask of human resources or your manager.
- Start to perform the duties of your position.
- Learn the job's "culture." Any employer has unwritten rules of procedure and behavior that you'll pick up as a new employee. Be aware of these unspoken expectations.
- Observe, listen, and learn. Ask questions when you're not clear about something.
- Find a mentor (an experienced co-worker) who can "show you the ropes" of the company and your position.
- Visit the personnel or human resources office if you don't understand some of the benefits, policies, or procedures.