Starting work (easy read)

Easy read guide on starting work. Starting work can be hard but we are here to help

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Starting work

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Remember everyone feels scared and nervous on the first day at work.

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Try to keep calm and ask when you are unsure about something.


Starting a new job can also be very exciting.

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This guide will help you prepare and be ready to start your new job.

Employment offer


If you get the job, you will get sent a letter or an email with a conditional offer.


This means the employer would like to give you the job but wants to get to know you a bit more first.

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An employer will ask for a reference from someone you have worked with before, or a friend.


When the employer is happy with your references, you will get a formal job offer.

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You will then have to sign a contract to accept the job.

Preparing for your first day


Make sure you agree what day you are starting with your employer.

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Ask what the dress code is or if there is a uniform you should wear.

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Plan how to get to work before your first day.


If you are using public transport, practice the journey before the first day.

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Make sure you know who to ask for when you arrive on the first day.


Make sure you have the work phone number and address.

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Remember to talk to people about how you are finding your new job.

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This can be with family, friends, job coaches or with your line manager at work.

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