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When starting any new job, it can be both exciting and challenging. It can sometimes be hard to know what is expected of you, or to know if you are performing well. Your employer should make their expectations clear. Be sure to ask questions if you are unsure of anything.

Your probation period is generally three months or more. A probation period is an agreed amount of time where you and the employer work together to make sure the role is what you expected and equally that you are the right person for the job.

Here are some common tips to help you get through:

Before you start your job

  • Reliability is the key. Plan how you will get to work. Get hold of a train or bus timetable before your first day or familiarise yourself with parking.
  • Make suitable child care arrangements so you are comfortable leaving your children in others care.
  • Pay a visit to the work place to familiarise yourself with day-to-day work wear so you dress appropriately for your first day.
  • Do your homework. Research the company to gather some background knowledge on your new employer. This can act as a good talking point on your first day.
  • Raise any concerns you have with your KONEKT Employment Advisor so they can be addressed prior to your first day.

Your first day

  • First impressions count. Dress smartly and appropriately for your new role.
  • Reliability is the key. Arrive early and anticipate heavy traffic.
  • Introduce yourself to reception or ask for the manager when you arrive.
  • Take the initiative and extend the hand of friendship to all staff that you meet.
  • Find out who your direct supervisor is and ensure you follow their instructions.
  • Ask questions if you are unsure of anything.
  • Bring a packed lunch.

The first few weeks on the job

  • Use your initiative. Ask for extra work if you have completed your tasks.
  • Follow instructions from your direct supervisor and ask questions if you are unsure of something.
  • Always arrive to work on time.
  • Make sure your transportation is reliable.
  • Alter your social arrangements if they are conflicting with your new job.
  • Make sure you check your roster and always be aware of any roster changes
  • Get cultured. Pay attention to those around you and become familiar with company culture.
  • Avoid office politics. Don’t get involved in any drama or gossip around the workplace.
  • Maintain regular contact with your Employment Advisor and raise any concerns or issues you may have in your new role. You advisor is here to help you stay in your new job.

General day-to-day job etiquette

  • Keep your mobile off and only use during your breaks.
  • Take cigarette breaks at allocated times only.
  • Racial slurs and sexual innuendo will not be tolerated in the workplace.
  • If you know you will be late or if you are sick, phone your employer before starting time.
  • In some workplaces, you may need to provide a medical certificate if you are off sick for more than two days or sick the day following a public holiday. Check with your employer when you call them. If you take medication that may affect your work, advise your employer.
  • Don’t miss work for unnecessary or unimportant reasons.
  • Organise external appointments outside of working hours where possible.
  • Keep your personal life separate to work, don’t share any personal crisis with colleagues.
  • Observe safe work practises and workplace health and safety guidelines.
  • Your Employment Advisor is here to help with any issues that may affect your work contact them for support and guidance where necessary.

Support in your new role

KONEKT Employment is here to help you every step of the way. If you have any concerns contact your Employment Advisor for assistance.

We will also have regular reviews to find out how work is going and to make sure you are working enough hours to be independent of Centrelink benefits and are on a long-term career path.

Tips for starting your new job

  • Arrive early.
  • Dress smartly and in-line with company culture.
  • Introduce yourself to colleagues and look for common ground.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic.
  • If you are sick or running late, make sure you contact your direct supervisor.
  • If you are unsure of something, ask questions.
  • Watch, listen and learn.
  • Use your initiative.
  • Prepare for any child care emergencies.
  • Address any issues with your Employment Advisor.