Introduction

New Job
New Job

When starting any new job, it can be both exciting and challenging. It can sometimes be hard to know what is expected of you, or to know if you are performing well.

If you are considering a job change, or about to start a new opportunity, make sure you have the following information[1]:

  • employment contract
  • place of work
  • title, grade, category of the work or brief specification/description
  • start date
  • expected duration of the employment relationship, if the contract is temporary
  • number of paid annual holidays
  • length of notice periods for you and the employer if one of you terminates the contract
  • initial basic salary, any other components of remuneration, frequency of payment
  • length of the normal working day or working week
  • rules of any collective agreements governing the employee's conditions of work, if appropriate.

Being new to a job can be stressful; especially if you have never worked before. Not only it is a new routine you have to adjust to, but it also comes with a new set of rules and regulations you have to follow. The more you know when starting a new job, the easier it will be to fit in and complete the job correctly.ce of work

[1] http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/staff/employment/index_en.htm

Task

You’ve just been hired!
You’ve just been hired!

You’ve just been hired for a new job. Congratulations. So what’s next? There may be many questions running through your head such as: What award or agreement covers my employment? What should I be paid? How many hours do I need to work?

The purpose of the task is to best prepare you when starting new work.Since there are many differences among different countries' regulatory frameworks, it would be better to do some individual research on your country’s labour laws. You need to be aware of the rules and what your rights and responsibilities are.

By going through all the exercises, videos and links, you will find out the most important things you should know in order to effectively start a new job.

Process

You have been offered a job, asking you to start in the next weeks. You feel anxious cause you are going to face a range of new challenges as you are preparing to start your new job. Thinking about how you will approach the first few days and weeks in your new job and planning ahead for any potential issues you will face will help you to succeed in your new job.

Before starting a job, make sure you have all the information you need. You’ll need to remember a lot of new things on your first day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to try and find out what you can before you start. It’s a good idea to fill the a checklist out before you start work so you are ready to go on your first day. Have a look at Exercise 1.

But what exactly should you be doing or avoid doing on your first days at a new job? After filling out the checklist you should prepare for this next big step, and to make the right impression, here are some common tips to help you get through the first days at work:

  • Ensure that you’ll arrive on time — or better yet, early.
  • Be flexible and positive.
  • Watch, listen and learn.
  • Understand your role in both the department and organization as a whole.
  • Build a good working relationship with your colleagues - get to know the team.
  • Show initiative and contributing
  • Ask for feedback -Ask questions if you are unsure of anything.

There are some mistakes that you should definitely avoid during your first days at work. Have a look at Exercise 2 and discuss - what you really should avoid in order to ensure a smooth transition to your new position.

 

Conclusion

This is it! You have now done everything to prepare yourself before starting a new job.

Evaluation

Resources

Videos


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