Andrea Ogden, Director of Accountancy Options, shares how to prepare for your first day in a new accounting, finance or business support role.
It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, it’s normal to feel anxious on the first day of a new job. Before, you may have taken pride in your ability to locate ancient documents in the darkest corners of the shared server, but now you don’t even know your computer login details.
Whether it’s your first job or your fiftieth, this advice will help ease your new job nerves and ensure your first day runs smoothly.
1. Make sure your recruiter provides all the details for your first day in a new job
Your recruiter can do a lot of the legwork for you when it comes to figuring out the basics. They can find out who’ll be greeting you on your first day, what your working hours are and when you get paid. Try to think ahead, for example, do you need to know if there’s parking available on site? Whatever it is, ask them to find out.
2. Ask questions, then ask some more
Throughout your first day, ask, ask and ask away. If anything, this demonstrates that you are engaged, intelligent and curious. Asking your new manager what you’re expected to deliver in the first few months shows that you’re professional and dedicated, and can help establish what should be the focus of your role. It’s likely you’ll have to adjust to using some unfamiliar technology or software, and the more questions you ask about it the easier your life will be.
3. Proactively get to know the staff
All companies have different ways of onboarding people, and if your manager hasn’t introduced you to everyone, introduce yourself. This helps you integrate into the team quickly, which is particularly important if you’re contracting and expected to throw yourself into a project. Whatever your situation, putting yourself out there and saying a simple hello will be nothing but beneficial for you.
4. Look at the latest accounting, finance, and business news
Depending on your role, it may be helpful to read up on industry news before you start. For example, if your new job will involve tax accounting, be sure to read up on current tax laws and regulation changes.
5. Get the most out of the recruitment follow up process
A good recruiter will check in with both you and your new employer to see how you’re settling in. Make sure they share any feedback with you, and communicate any issues or concerns you have openly.