Your first day on the job

Illustrative representation of Your first day on the job

On your first day in a new job you will receive a lot of information – so it's a good idea to take notes.

It will be important to actively listen and ask questions about anything you don’t understand.

Your employer will appreciate you asking questions as it shows your willingness to do a good job and will reduce errors or misunderstandings.

Some topics and questions you may want to ask about (if they aren’t covered):

  • Duties – Find out about the range and type of tasks you will be expected to perform.
  • Workplace policies – Find out what the policies and procedures are in your new workplace. These can cover things like emergency procedures, social media and IT use, visitors in the workplace, meal and rest breaks, public holidays and sick leave procedures.
  • Pay - What is your base rate of pay? How will you be paid? How often will you be paid? How will you receive your payslip?
  • Probation - Do you have to complete a probation period? If so, how does the probation work and how long is this period?
  • Leave - Do you know what leave you’re entitled to and how you apply for leave? 

The resources below can help you understand what’s important on your first day in a job.

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.