How to Start a New Job the Right Way

You’ve just been hired for a new job, and you’re excited to get started.  What to do next?  Take a little time to celebrate after your job search, and then take the time to prepare to start your new job so you can make the best first-day impression.

You will need to figure out a start date if you haven’t already. You’ll also need to take care of household business, so you can focus all your energy on your new position.  If you need to catch up on doctor or dentist appointments, get a haircut or get your nails done,  or go clothes shopping for a new work wardrobe, now is the time to do it.

You may have to attend an orientation prior to starting work. There will be paperwork to fill out, a commute to plan and a decision to be made on what to wear to work. Here’s everything you need to know to start a new job the right way.

Negotiate a Start Date

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If you haven’t settled on a start date, you may be able to negotiate a date that is convenient for both you and your employer. The most common start date is two weeks from when you accepted the job offer. However, it could be sooner or later depending on the employer’s needs. If you’re not available to start right away, here’s how to negotiate a different start date. More

Prepare to Start a Job

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Review this list of things that you may need to get done before you start work. You may not be able to get them all done if you’re starting right away. However, you can at least get the essential tasks completed, so you don’t have to juggle work and your personal life when you’re starting a new job. More

Prepare for Orientation

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A new job orientation can go a long way in helping you get started on the right foot. If your employer offers an orientation program, it may include a tour, training and an introduction to your new colleagues and company management. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions, and to learn about your role in the company. Here’s information on job orientations, and what is included. More

20 Tips for Starting a New Job

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Starting a new job can be hard. You’re the new kid on the block, and you don’t know anyone or how the organization works. Even with a good orientation program and a great new boss there is going to be a learning curve. The first impression you make will be critical for workplace success. Here are 20 tips and strategies for success in your new job. More

New Employee Hiring Paperwork

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You may do it online instead of on paper, but there is paperwork that you and your employer will need to complete in order to get you on the payroll. The forms you will need to complete include eligibility to work forms, tax withholding forms, and company specific paperwork. More

Paycheck Calculators

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Would you like to know how much your paycheck will be before you get it? There are online calculators you can use to figure out how much your take home pay will be after your deductions, and to help you decide how much you should have deducted to cover taxes. More

Check on New Employee Benefits

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Your employee benefits package includes all the benefits provided by your employer. Employers are required by law (federal and state) to provide some types of benefits; others are provided voluntarily by the company. If you're not sure what benefits come with your job, ask your manager or Human Resources department for information about what you’re entitled to receive. More

What to Wear to Work

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If you're not sure about appropriate workplace attire, check prior to starting the job. It's going to be awkward if you arrive at the office and don't fit in with what everyone is wearing. Here's information on what to wear, plus advice on business attire, business casual attire and how to dress for success at work. More

Announce Your New Position

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 Your company may announce your arrival, or it may be up to you to make an announcement. Here are letter and email examples you can use to announce your new job to colleagues, clients, and business and personal connections. More