Starting on a new job/career: Things to do

After all the work you have put in, you find at last that you got your job. You are ecstatic but also apprehensive about what you will have to do in order to create a good first impression and a lasting one. So let us prepare for starting in the new job.

  • Start at the beginning - thank your employer for having selected you. If the offer has been verbal, request a written confirmation of the offer which should include the designation you are appointed in, the remuneration, the perks, the add-ons and other benefits, the date when you should start the new job, the person to whom you would report in the present designation, the person who you should report on the first day (if the persons are different), terms and conditions of the employment, period of probation, conditions for confirmation of employment.
  • Pre-employment conditions and their importance vis-?-vis your new job. Before you find yourself 'employed' you may have to go through some pre-employment tests. These could be medical tests - to check whether you are in good health and stamina. The checks would also involve checking your qualifications, your references, your bank account, your identity in general and so on. In most of the cases, though it feels quite invasive, these are routine processes which are done for security purposes.
  • Be careful that you are truthful in whatever you present in these pre-employment tests. The employer has the right to terminate the contract/ offer in case he/she find that anything was represented wrongly/ incorrectly. The offer will always be a conditional offer; the condition being that you should pass in the pre-employment tests.
  • The offer letter will come with a copy where you would sign in acceptance of the offer. Go through each and every line of the offer letter and check whether the terms and conditions mentioned therein are acceptable to you. In case you find something that you do not agree, or are not comfortable with, you could revert to the person who made you the offer and re-negotiate on the points that you want changed.
  • In case you find everything in order, and you are happy with the offer, sign it in acceptance and return copy to the employer. From the time your employer receives the acceptance letter; your job offer becomes a legal contract between your employer and yourself.
  • Once this is over, you will have to show and deposit the papers that support the credentials you have described in your CV. These would include, your education certificates, experience certificates, references from the past employers, additional certificate courses, and so on. Have one set with the originals, and another set with the Xerox copies of these documents. You will, most likely, be required to leave the Xerox copies with the office (HR Department).
  • Ask the office whether there are any extra requirements of paper work. If there is, make note of it and provide these promptly. Being new, everybody will be curious about you. Be careful that you do not attract any negative attention.
  • Be pro-active in your new place of work. Contact your reporting authority and enquire about what you could do to make the transition period as short as possible. Maintain a positive attitude and be alert to soak in the culture of the place. Be friendly, but do not indulge in any type of gossip nor encourage any. You will be in the limelight for at least the first three months - time during which you should work hard to create a positive impression to all your colleagues. Most important of all, be serious about your work, and be hard-working. There is nothing that pays back better than plain hard work.
  • Lastly, remember to thank your employment agency if the job came as a result of their intervention. As soon as you join your new job, remember to inform all your friends and well wishers about your new position, address and all. Networking is very important - especially when you are starting you career. Keep in mind that networking is extremely essential and the right 'connections' can sometimes work wonders.