When you accept a new IT assignment, you likely see some work ahead to ensure you are ready. However, the time before you begin is also an opportunity and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. So, once you know where you’ll be going and when here is a checklist of things you need to do before heading out the door for your first day on the job.
Most job offers are accompanied by thorough job descriptions, or at least give you the ability to request one. Once this valuable information is in your hands, it’s time to go over the minutia to make sure you have a thorough understanding of what is expected and how your work will unfold. It also means you’ll have the chance to ask questions in advance if any part of the job description is unclear.
While it is possible (if not probable) that you’ll have additional duties beyond those listed, or the work will change somewhat over time, being ignorant of the position description’s content is irresponsible and leaves you open to challenges that could otherwise be avoided.
While you likely did some research before your interview, now is the time to really dedicate yourself to discovering everything you can find. Often, new hires, whether permanent or temporary, are brought in to alleviate a problem, making you a living, breathing solution. Now that you have a greater understanding of what you’ll be doing, take the time to research the company within that context. See if you can identify solutions to potential pain points and come prepared with ideas that could benefit business operations. Even if you don’t get the chance to discuss them right away, having them in your back pocket ensures you are ready to go when the time comes.
While you can’t control every part of your first day at a new job, there are things you can do to give you peace of mind along the way. First, prepare your work-related attire and office-oriented belongings no later than the night before to ensure your morning runs smoothly. Second, gather any paperwork or identification that was requested in advance, confirm it is complete and pack it appropriately. Third, plan activities like where you’ll have lunch in advance to help guide you through certain portions of the day. This can include bringing lunch or getting online to find local restaurants you can reach during the designated time. Even if some of these plans change (such as a lunch invite from a new co-worker), having a plan can alleviate some of the stress, helping you move through the day more naturally.
If accepting the position means relocating, make sure you relocate before your first day. Moving the weekend before you start means you’re entering the workplace in a less than relaxed mindset, and that anxiety may amplify any natural apprehensions you may normally experience. Instead of moving from one point of stress (relocating) immediately to another (a new job), try to give yourself enough time to handle everything and still have a day or two that can be completely dedicated to rest and relaxation. This ensures you’re refreshed and ready to start your first day.
If you’re looking for more advice for handling your first day on the job or are interested in finding new opportunities in your area, the professional team at Validity Solutions can help you explore your options. Contact us to see how our unique services can help you make your next IT assignment a success.