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Starting Work: What is Job Onboarding?

Starting a new job can be an exciting yet somewhat nerve-wracking experience!

You’re entering a new environment, meeting new people, and diving into new responsibilities.

But don’t worry, because there’s something called ‘onboarding’ that helps make this transition much smoother.

KFC knows more than a thing or two about how to help you prepare for your first day on a new job (they’re pros at it!). Join them as we explore what onboarding is, why it’s helpful, things to know, and what to bring or prepare for your first day of a new job.

What is Job Onboarding?

Onboarding is the process a company uses to welcome and integrate a new employee into the organisation. It’s like the warm handshake you receive when entering a new place.

During the onboarding process, you’ll get acquainted with your new workplace, meet your team mates, and receive essential information to set you up for success.

Why is Onboarding Helpful?

Ultimately, onboarding is all about helping you feel settled, confident and setting your up tp succeed in your new role! It’s an important part of getting started and can offer lots of other benefits, too:

  • Smooth Transition: Onboarding eases the transition from being a job seeker to becoming a part of a team. It minimises the stress and confusion of starting a new job.
  • Understanding the Company: It helps you understand the company culture, values, and goals to align your work and behaviour accordingly.
  • Meeting Colleagues: Onboarding allows you to meet your new colleagues, helping you build relationships and fostering a sense of belonging.
  • Learning the Ropes: You’ll receive training and information about your role, tasks, and the tools you’ll be using. This ensures you can perform your job effectively.
  • Setting Expectations: Onboarding sets clear expectations about your job responsibilities, performance evaluations, and company policies so you know what’s expected of you.
What to Prepare

All employers can be different and will let you know what you need to bring or prepare for your first few days on the job.

You will need to supply personal documentation and details to begin your onboarding;

  1. Identification: Prepare identification documents like your driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, or school ID card, as you may need these for your paperwork.
  2. Financial Details: This includes the details of your own bank account you want to be paid into, your tax file number (TFN) you  can apply for one through the Australian Taxation Office online or submit paper form, and superannuation details (don’t worry if you don’t have this yet; your employer can help you set one up and keep an eye out for our deep dive blog coming soon!).
  3. Resume and References: It’s a good idea to bring extra copies of your resume and a list of references, even if you’ve already submitted these during the hiring process. You may need them for HR or your manager’s reference.
  1. Positive Attitude: Bring a positive attitude and an open mind. Starting a new job can be intimidating, but showing enthusiasm goes a long way.
  2. Eagerness to Learn: Show your eagerness to learn and grow in your role. Companies appreciate employees who are committed to personal and professional development.
  3. Research: You might want to research the company before your first day. Understand what the company does, its mission, and values. This can help you engage in conversations and show your genuine interest.
Things to Know When You Start

KFC shares that knowing what to expect when you start can help you be ready for what to expect and ensure you put your best foot forward as you start meeting all your new colleagues!

Here’s a little rundown of what your first day or two will look like when you start a new job (plus some tips for making it a success!):

  • Orientation: Your first day often involves orientation. This is where you’ll learn about the company’s mission, values, and culture. It’s an excellent time to ask questions and soak in as much information as possible.
  • Paperwork: Be prepared to complete paperwork, such as tax forms and benefits enrollment. Bring identification and any required documents with you.
  • Dress Code: If your workplace has a dress code, make sure you’re dressed appropriately. It’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.  If your work place provides a uniform make sure all items fit and comply to uniform policy before your first day.
  • Meet and Greet: Get ready to meet your new coworkers, managers, and HR staff. Be friendly and show that you’re excited to join the team.
  • Training: You might have training sessions or workshops, so bring a notebook and pen to jot down important information. Taking notes will help you remember things better.  Many work places conduct digital learning, have access to your email to set up learning portal and take note of any passwords or employee codes.
  • Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s a sign that you’re engaged and eager to learn.
  • Be Punctual: Arrive on time or a little early. Punctuality is a good habit to establish from day one.

All Aboard With KFC!

Onboarding is like the compass that helps you navigate a new job. It welcomes you, equips you with knowledge, and connects you with your new work family.

With the right attitude and preparation, your first day at a new job can be a memorable and smooth experience.

If you’re ready to see what starting work with a legendary and much-loved restaurant and hospitality employer, KFC is ready to welcome your original self aboard! Head to their dedicated employer profile for more info and current opportunities.

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