First Day Survival Guide for Your New Job

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Hi All,

I’m Madeleine Mendoza from HR. Part of my role is to ensure people are properly inducted here at Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia.

Starting at a new company, like ours (especially if you’ve come from a smaller one) can be overwhelming. It’s going to be busy, very busy. There’s a lot of inductions, paperwork, training and people to meet. The scale often takes people by surprise.

To help with your preparedness during your first week, we’ve put together this quick survival guide.

Before the Big Day:

1)    Double check – Your actual job location. Your work location may not be the same place as where you were interviewed. Also, you probably interviewed with a few people, so double check who you’re reporting to. Write the name down if need be. You may even want to contact your new manager directly to confirm.

2)    Take a test drive – The last thing you want is to turn up late on your first day at a new job. Take a test drive, during peak hour if possible, so that you know how long it will take you. You’ll also get familiar with the route.

3)    Get enough sleep – If you need to adjust your body clock, do it a few days before you start. There’s likely to be abit of anticipation with your new role, and you may not be as sharp as you’d like to be if you haven’t had enough sleep.

4)    Get up to date – you’ve probably done some degree of research about the company having come past the interviews, but refresh yourself. Find out the latest goings on (check out our website, magazines and updates). You’ll be in for lots of inductions, from safety to company history to policies. It makes a difference when it’s not all new again.

The Big Day!

1)    Dress smart – You’ll want to fit in, so dress accordingly. Don’t overdo it, but definitely don’t under do it either! If you’re unsure what’s appropriate, ask.

2)    Eat breakfast – it’ll do you a world of good and help keep you on the ball!

3)    Attitude - Remember you’re stepping into a new environment where people are already comfortable and likely to be friends. You’re going to want to fit in, make sure you’re upbeat, enthusiastic and personable. You don’t want to be the downer!

4)    Pen and Paper – make sure you bring a pen and some paper. You’ll be provided some anyway, but it never hurts to have your own handy in case you want to jot something down before you’ve made it to the stationary cabinet.

5)    Snacks – chuck a couple of snacks in your bag, and a drink bottle, just in case you’re too busy to get to the kitchen because you’re being shuffled from place to place!

6)    Clarify your role and expectations – Make sure you get a chance to discuss your role, expectations, projects and KPIs with your manager. It shows you’re thinking about your role. It will also help you manage expectation and prioritise according to business needs.

7)    Think about some questions - For example “what’s the one objective you’d like me to most improve within the first six months (year, three years, five years)?”

There you have it! Do you have any other tips? Or questions? Let us know in the comments below.

Madeleine Mendoza

HR | Hitachi Construction Machinery

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