Congratulations on getting the job. Now you are about to embark on a new journey with a new job. This could be your first job or your tenth, either way there are a few things you should consider before your first day.

Your first week on the job

The first weeks of work can be quite daunting, meeting new people, learning new tasks and having a schedule to maintain. Here are a few strategies to make your transition into your new role a success and enjoyable.

Getting to work:

  • Practice the best way of getting to work before your first day.
  • If driving have a place that you can park your car and still get to work on time.
  • Check the bus or train timetable in advance.
  • Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early. Being punctual is important.
  • Make childcare arrangements for your children

Be extra organised:

  • Bring your lunch, a notepad and pen to take notes.

Other documents you should bring include:

  • Banking details
  • Tax File Number
  • Superannuation Fund
  • Photographic ID
  • Working-with-Children card (if you have one)
  • National Police Record check (if you have one)


Dress appropriately for the role and business that you are working for. If unsure model your dress off other employees or ask your manager.

To reduce stress in your first week it may help to have an idea of what you will wear to work each day. Set your clothes aside the night before.

If you are given a uniform make sure you have enough to get you through the week and that each day your clothes are clean and ironed.

Wear comfortable appropriate footwear.

Your new workplace:

  • Find out where the toilet, kitchen and staff room are.
  • Show initiative, listen to your supervisor and coworkers.
  • Ask questions about your role, duties and the business.
  • Get to know your colleagues. Say hello and introduce yourself.
  • Introduce yourself to the Human Resources staff. This may be your manager.
  • Take the time in your first week to find out company policies on Occupational Health and Safety, Computer use, Mobile phone use and all other policies that apply to your role.
  • If there are problems, find out who you are able to speak with, your manager is a good place to start.
  • Only take the time allowed for breaks.
  • Turn your mobile phone off or put it on silent mode and only make calls during your breaks.
  • If you smoke find out the company regulations about where and when you can smoke.

Workshops Portal E-Learning Resources

These resources have been made available to you as part of your participation in our jobs workshops. Take the time to explore this range of engaging activities aimed at developing your personal and career development to ultimately lead to positive pathways into employment.

Your Job Advisor will also work through these programs with you.