Published: 15/12/2021

5 tips for starting a new job

Starting a new job? Congratulations! First time, re-entering after a long absence, or a new role for a change of pace. What to do next.

First day appearance, how to spend your first payslip – here’s some thoughts to ensure a successful transition into your new role.

Starting your new job

You’ll be wanting to make the best impression possible. So, here’s some tips to make your move as smooth as possible.

1. Research your new company

You may already have looked for information when applying. Now you’re committed, what do you really know about them? Here’s some pointers where to look to learn more:

Check their website: look at their ‘About Us’ section and get a feel for their brand and think about how you’ll fit in.

Browse their social profiles: take a peek at their post history and press coverage for the latest news. Remember they can look at you!

Ask your boss: call direct. Break the barrier. Rather than scramble around when you start, ask questions in advance. There’s no bad question.

Prepare to impress your new boss. Getting to grips with the basics before you walk through the door will set yourself up for success. Knowledge is power.

When’s payday? You shouldn’t worry about seeming too keen. It’s an obvious question and ask if there is a cycle to work scheme or where your workplace pension contributions will be invested.

2. Know where you’ll work

It’ll soon become a second home given the hours you’ll spend there. Getting to know the area, unless you’re working from home, is a good idea.

Try travelling to your new workplace before your first day.

It’s practical, letting you know how long it takes you to get from home to work and back. You can see your new workplace, walk about and explore potential lunch spots.

3. First day fashion tips

Play it safe. You want to make an impression for your work, not your wardrobe. Here are some first-day fashion tips:

Professional and prepared: dressing professionally does affect perceptions of your work. You can’t go wrong wearing smart shoes and clothes.

Bold, block colours: the best part of putting together an outfit with block colours is how easily it coordinates into a bold look.

Less is more:assembling a simple look makes getting dressed easier, but also makes your appearance more memorable in its minimalist style.

Ask your new boss what the dress code is. If you attended an interview, use what your others wore as a guide.

If you’re missing some staple pieces from your workwear, it might be a good excuse to go shopping. Whatever you wear, make sure you feel comfortable and confident.

4. Be an early bird

The trick to arriving early is being organised the night before. Lay out your outfit, pack your keys and essentials – then get a good night’s sleep.

Start your first day with a spring in your step. You’ve got the job. They wouldn’t have hired you if you didn’t have what it takes. First impressions matter, being early and eager is a great start.

5. Sort out your finances

You may forget to save in the first few weeks while you’re settling in. Once you get your first payslip, buckle down and begin building your savings. Keep track of:

Clear your debt: use your new regular income to reduce any outstanding debts or overdraft - and start moving your credit score in the right direction.

Rainy day savings: Start saving with a little and often approach. See our Rainy-day funds blog here.

Combining and keeping track of your old pensions:don’t leave your old workplace pension behind and consider combining it into one simple online plan, then top up your pension pot and enjoy tax relief on personal contributions - as well as compound interest.

Now’s the time to begin practicing saving habits. Look at the subscriptions you pay and whether you use them