6 things to do before you start your new job

You have resigned, your departure has been announced, you have sorted out your holiday entitlement, bonuses and share options. You have agreed a handover date for your company car and laptop, and who you will hand over your current projects to.

But that’s only half the story. Generally, once you have completed 50% of your notice period, you start to think more and more about your new company, role, colleagues and challenges. Here are a few pointers of what you ought to do (or at least think about) before you start your new job.

  1. Ask your new manager whether it is possible to meet your new colleagues, ahead of your start date. A social setting (lunch) is often a good way of getting to know people, so that you have a head start on day one. Just a quick note here; if it is a social setting, restrict yourself to one glass of wine / pint of beer. You are still being judged and unless you are joining a brewery, it is probably wise to stay in control. Actually, even if you are joining a brewery you want to stay in control.
  2. Is there any reading material you can have before your start date, ie company reports, meeting minutes, project updates, etc? Anything that will give you a head start and (I think more importantly) will create a positive impression before you start.
  3. Are there any company meetings you can attend?
  4. A week before you are due to start, ask for your induction programme. You really just want to know that there is one and that the new company are preparing your welcome. You hear of stories where the new starter has to find a desk, a chair and a phone. You don’t want to be that person.
  5. Speak with HR and understand how and when you will be receiving your company car, laptop, mobile, etc.
  6. Speak with your new boss and agree what time you should turn up on day one. You may always arrive at work for a 08.00am start, however if your boss only ever arrives at 08.30am, then you certainly do not want to show them up on day one. Probably not on day two either, so ask whether they mind you arriving early.

Tasks for the first week

  • At the end of week one, make sure to schedule a quick review meeting with your manager. You’re looking for early feedback here (at this stage, you can only give positive comments about your first few days, you can critique at a later day, just not now) and you need to understand what is expected of you.
  • Let’s have in writing (again an email will do), what you have agreed to accomplish in month 1, quarter 1 and the first 6 months. This will give you a framework, will give you an element of control and something to be measured by.

Read our article on what to do during your notice period … and what not!