What to Expect If You Are Starting a New Job

If you have been on the job hunt for many months now and finally land employment, there are a few things you are probably concerned about. While each job is going to have different steps as part of the hiring process, many jobs are similar. If you know what to expect overall, it can ease some of the anxiety you might be feeling in the days leading up to your starting date and your first paycheck. When you receive a job offer, make sure you ask the person who contacts you what else is expected of you. Find out if there is anything you need to know before starting the job, and find out the specifics of starting new employment like your start date and time, whether you need to bring any documents with you, whether there are any special instructions about accessing the building or workspace, where you should park if you will driving your own vehicle to work, and whether there are nearby establishments for meals. The person who contacts you, possibly a human resources representative, may require some additional information from you. Some companies wait until your first day to gather information and others do it ahead of time so you can begin your job training on the first day. Once you are hired, some places require that you report to one of the drug testing companies they use to perform a screening and create a toxicology testing report. This lets the company know that all of their new employees are free of illegal substances. This is not an instruction that should be taken personally and if you are asked, it is because it is company policy for your new employer to require a screening from everyone.

Next, you may be required to show proof of citizenship so your employer knows you are legally qualified to work in the United States. Your employer has to pay taxes and insurance costs based on how many people they employ, so they have to verify that you are a legal resident of the country. The legal proof required is usually a combination of documents which may include a social security card, a birth certificate and proof of citizenship if you were not born in the United States, and another form of photo identification. Just like substance testing, everyone is required to share this information throughout the company.

Finally, you will probably receive new employee information. This may be mailed to you or picked up by you before your first day, or it may be something you receive on the day you start your new job. Most companies have employee handbooks that new employees must read over. Many of them require that you sign a waiver stating you are familiar with the company's policies once you have signed it. Other companies also provide a film that is part of the orientation process. While films can seem basic and silly, they often provide a great deal of information and they work well for new employees who are unable to retain information after they have read it.