What to do once you've found work

Positive Attitude in the Workplace

Now that you have a job it is important to maintain a positive attitude in the workplace to increase your chances of getting a promotion. Adopting a positive attitude will impress future employers and make them more likely to take you on. Here are some tips for staying positive in the workplace.

  • Be solution-minded and not problem-focused. If a problem is within your scope of responsibility, then you should not leave a problem unsolved.
  • Give the best of yourself at your job. This means keeping up to date with developments in your sector, keeping your skills and knowledge fresh, and coming to work each day with the willingness to do well.
  • Never criticise anyone. If you criticise people to your employer then you give them the impression that you might criticise them behind their back. This won’t leave them with a good impression of you.
  • Stay away from gossip. Employers might think that you are lacking in honesty and integrity.
  • Be constructive. Look at any problems as an opportunity to learn and grow as a result.
  • Be a good news reporter in your organisation. Look for good things happening in your organisation and share this news with your friends and social contacts.
  • Be productive. Try to structure your day effectively.
  • Be pleasant. Find something nice to say to all your colleagues when you see them.

Starting your Job

If you managed to get the job, congratulations! You will normally get an offer letter, detailing your pay, benefits, rights, holiday and sickness entitlement. Your employer should take you through company procedures in your first week to make sure you know everything you need to know. If there is something you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask. There is still a lot to think about. Before you start your new job you need to:

  • Think about what you are going to do about childcare if you have children
  • How you are going to get to and from work
  • What the wage is and the benefits of working for your chosen company
  • What training the company is going to provide you to enable you to do your job better
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Allow time to spend with friends and relatives
  • Prepare what you are going to wear

Signing off Benefits

Once you have got a job, you will of course have to sign off jobseeker’s allowance. All you need to do is inform your jobcentre that you have found work. They may ask you to provide evidence, such as your offer letter, and if you have done our Skills Support for the Unemployed programme you will need to provide us with a payslip from your first month or first 4 weeks in work and complete a P10 form so that we can continue to provide support for the unemployed.

For support in finding employment please register for our Skills Support for Jobseekers programme, or use the contact form below to request more information.

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