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Acas releases guidance on taking a first job

Acas has released new guidance for people starting their first job. The transition into work, particularly for young people, has been singled out in recent research as having a formative effect on attitudes and career outcomes.

First job guidance

The guidance includes basic advice about how to approach the first day at work, with common-sense information on preparation, arriving on time, and wearing appropriate clothing.

Less obvious pointers for new workers are about their rights, contracts of employment, getting paid correctly, workplace rules and policies, and the law regarding working hours and time off.

The First job guidance coincides with a campaign launched by the Department for Work and Pensions to help people get into work and start their first job.

The campaign also encourages people to recognise that first jobs may not be dream jobs, but are great places to get skills, knowledge and practical experience.

Some of the Acas team share their first-job experiences too.

Employers' role

The guidance is aimed at new employees, but Acas can help employers do their bit to help them settle in.

Research has shown that employers who get it right 'tend to create a positive sense of loyalty and attachment in the young worker; those who get it wrong can foster negative feelings of disappointment and resentment'.

Acas publications and services

Acas has published the pdf icon Recruiting staff guide [428kb], which has everything you need to know about taking on new employees.

Acas experts can visit your organisation and help you develop the right terms and conditions of employment, develop an effective recruitment strategy and induction process. See Contracts and hours: how Acas can help for details.

Practical Acas training is also available on many aspects of Employing people, including the course Employing People - A Practical Introduction, which covers all the fundamentals, Contracts and terms and conditions, and Recruitment and induction, an interactive session where delegates are taken through a series of case studies and practical workshops.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.


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