CAREER ADVANCEMENT / AUG. 30, 2014
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How to Make Good Use of Your Job Orientation

After hours of interview preparation, followed by a good performance, you are finally into your dream job. What’s next? Several employers want their new hires to go through an orientation that may usually run for one to few days. Such orientations help new joiners to assimilate into the new atmosphere, know what is expected of them and also get along with office members.

What to expect and the best practices

Job orientation is your best chance to interact with fellow joiners and your supervisor. It is also the best time to ask questions and learn as many things as you can.

You may be briefed on the daily routines like the timing, signing in and signing out procedures, other things like where to safely put your belongings, dress codes, roles and responsibilities and many other routines. Depending on the size and strength of your organization, the orientation could be conducted for a group or just for yourself.

Preparation tips

Do not hesitate to make the rightful inquiry: Call your employer days before the orientation and inquire if there is anything you have to know or bring in advance. Some organizations may give you a know-about handbook along with your appointment letter. Do not take these notes lightly. You may quickly go through the contents of the book to ensure that you are not in for any surprises on the orientation day.

Make sure you are dressed properly: Some companies may give you prior instructions on how to be dressed. Otherwise, make sure you are dressed as well as you were during your interview. Consider wearing comfortable shoes if you are going to be on your feet the whole day. If you are unsure of what to wear, it’s never a bad idea to ask the organizer of your orientation.

Make an early arrival: The last thing you want when you are in a new place is late arrival. You might want more time for locating the place or to find a spot for parking your vehicle, checking in and other procedures. Hence start early and be safe.

 

Carry your notebook and pen: It’s hard to imagine someone attending their orientation without a notebook and pen. But sometimes it happens. There might be occasions where you will not be able to jot down points but it’s always great to carry them around with you. You may also write down questions you wanted to ask so that you don’t forget them.

Keep your personal information ready: You never know when you might need your personal information. For example you might need your Social Security number and other tax information when filling the W4 tax form. It’s good to have a copy of these information even if you have them in mind. Your bank details may be required too.  

Fill your bag with enough refreshments: You might have a long day and when there is no promise of food and beverages, it is good for you to carry them yourself. Keep yourself hydrated especially on a hot day. Depending on the environment and your needs, you may also consider carrying other things like your personal medicines.

Make an impression: You may consider impressing your employer by asking “what’s next”. Questions like “Will I have more orientation sessions?” or “Will there be formal job training” can show your level of interest. The replies will also help you know more about the upcoming assignments and how to prepare for it.

A job orientation is the perfect ‘welcome gift’ employers can offer their new joiners. As an aspiring individual, you can make good use of this program to excel in your job.  

 

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