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Job hunting is always tough; in many ways, it is like a full-time job in itself. But when you actually land a job, it can often mean that there is even more to do before you start. Sometimes getting prepared for that new role can be as much work as finding it in the first place.
“Maybe the headspace your summer vacation has created has caused you to re-evaluate your job. Or maybe you realize it’s time for a change because you’ve had a less-than-inspiring mid-year performance review. Whatever the reason, despite all the well-meaning career advice out there, it can be hard to know exactly where to start if it’s been a while since you have searched for a job.” – Forbes.com
If you are in this position at the moment, then you might be wondering whether or not you have everything in place in order to really get started. In this article, we are going to have a look at that very subject. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what you will really need to start your next job.
Permits & Other Paperwork
Depending on your situation, and where you are to be located, you may or may not need permits or other paperwork in order to be able to get to work. If you think you might, then it might be that you can go for temporary work permits at least in the meantime. Either way, you will have to make sure that you have everything in place on this front before your first day.
It might not always be the employer’s duty to ensure that you have these, so you should be sure to check and double-check yourself regardless. As well as the permit, you might need a visa if traveling from abroad, and there could be other paperwork specific to the company – such as a contract – which you need to have signed and returned.
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In many cases, an employer will want to make sure that you are medically fit to actually work with them. This could be a check-up from a doctor which is then signed off, or it might even be a case of having to take a full medical test with the employer before you go in on the first day. Either way, there might not be much you can do about this, but it is still likely to be an important and often unavoidable part of the process.
You should endeavor to take care of yourself beforehand which you are job hunting, as this will ensure that you are more likely to pass the medical, and so improve your chances of getting in when you want to.
Many people think they can “wing it” at an interview without any preparation, but very few people can pull this off. There are thousands of articles on this topic, but the basic points are generally the same. There are several types of interviews: initial interviews with recruiters, telephone interviews and “in-person” interviews, and final round interviews.
Of course, it is always something of a challenge to start a new job, and it can be tough knowing how to get started on the first day. Something which is always incredibly useful in such circumstances is confidence. As long as you are able to feel truly confident in yourself, you will find that you can get on with the day much more easily. It is probably likely that this will mean you have much more success in the job in general too. If you have trouble with your confidence levels, consider getting some classes before you start the job. It could make all the difference in the world, and your employer will almost certainly pick up on it.