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How to prepare for your first day at a new job

Monday January 2, 2023 ● By Emily Russ // Place Estate Agents

How to prepare for your first day at a new job

Starting the new year in a new role? How exciting!

To feel extra-ready to start your new career adventure, we’ve gathered some simple go-to tips for your first day… 


Plan out your journey into work 

You’ve officially accepted the role, signed the paperwork and confirmed a starting date – woo-hoo! Before you start your new role, take a moment to consider the logistics of getting into work each day.

If you’re in the process of communicating with a manager or HR representative, perhaps ask about parking availability (if you have a car) and whether it’s for all staff. It’s also a smart idea to research nearby public transport options – is there a bus stop or a train station nearby?   

Once you’ve considered what is the most realistic method of transport for you, fit in time for a practice run. This way you get to learn the best route and how long it will take you to get to work each day without having to trial the route whilst experiencing first-day jitters!



Enquire about dress code 

While you’re in communication with a manager or HR representative, ask about the typical dress code at your new place of work. Are you expected to attend a lot of important meetings with clients? Are things a little more casual?   

Of course, whatever the dress code, you should aim to dress your best and make the right impression. Take a look at your wardrobe and opt for pieces that are classic, professional and make you feel confident.


Get clued-up  

It’s always advisable to take part in any training sessions or inductions offered to you. Rather than keeping to what will be your day-to-day tasks, put your hand up to engage in any learning opportunities if they arise. This will show that you’re eager to be involved and might also provide you with fantastic tools for future success. At Place, we embrace a ‘learn it all’ culture and offer a range of informative workshops and inductions that can benefit you down the track. 

Induction sessions will usually be offered to new starters, allowing you to meet others possibly in similar situations and to create valuable networks. This might also give you a feel for what others do in the team and for you to gain insight into how the company works. Winner, winner!  



Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself 

We understand – the first day in a new role can be intimidating! After you’ve met your first point of contact (this will often be your new manager), introduce yourself to your new co-workers when presented with the opportunity. You don’t have to list off your entire resume; be friendly, shake hands, and let them know your name and your new role before maybe letting them know something fun about yourself.

Need a good ice-breaker? Asking your team where’s the best place nearby to get coffee or lunch is sure to kick off conversations and give you helpful intel!  

If your new place of work has a communal kitchen or place of gathering, don’t feel you need to keep to yourself and wait for someone else to make introductions. Taking the initiative can make you appear confident and approachable, so make the effort and keep things relaxed to set the right tone.  

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