Tips For your First Day on the Job in Construction


While a first day can be nerve wrecking, the key is to be prepared. Here are Plant Planet Careers top tips on how to have a good first day on the job in construction.

  • Get there early
  • Dress appropriately
  • Socialise
  • Ask questions
  • Be safe
  • Bring refreshments

1. Get There Early.

There’s no quicker way to make a bad first impression than being late! Ensure that you are familiar with the route you’ll be taking and account for any extra time needed to allow for traffic or potential delays if using public transport. It is best to aim to arrive at the site 15 minutes before you’re meant to start.

2. Dress Appropriately.

It is essential to be properly dressed when working on a construction site. While some attire may be provided by your employer it is always good to enquire if you need anything ahead of time in case you need to bring your own. There are several basics you will need depending on which are you are working on. Most include stout footwear / safety boots, a hard protective hat and a safety vest. Depending on your role, you may also need special gloves, eyewear or other specialised safety equipment. You’ll also be told ahead of time if any tools are required but always bring essentials, just in case.

3. Socialise and Remember Names.

Over the first few days of your new job you’ll be meeting a lot of new people. You’re unlikely to remember all the names of people you meet, however, try to take a mental note of important people in the business, particularly your bosses and people you will be working closely with. Construction is a team effort so don’t be afraid to get to know people and ask for their names. They will most likely ask for yours a couple of times and it’ll be a lot less awkward then having to ask them three months down the line!

4. Ask Questions – Don’t fake it till you make it.

When working on a new construction job, particularly if it is your first construction industry job, it is important to ask questions. The more you learn now, the less you’ll struggle later on. Observe more experienced workers and ask them questions, not only will this keep you from making mistakes by really understanding how to complete a task, it will also show you are interested and eager to learn – a well valued trait in any worker.

5. Be Safe.

A construction site can be a dangerous place with many potential hazards. Be cautious of your surroundings and always evaluate the risk of your actions before carrying them out and always ensure you are wearing the appropriate safety clothing before handling any equipment.

6. Bring Lunch and Plenty of Water.

A job in construction can be a demanding yet rewarding position. With long hours and physical hard work involved. Remember to bring lunch to keep up your energy levels and drink a lot of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.  

Now with over 30,000 job opportunities, Plant Planet Careers have a job for you!

Check out the Plant Planet Careers hub for both employers and candidates!

Find all the latest vacancies here!

Read all the latest news and more!