Human resource personnel agree – if you are out looking for a job, on your joining date or onboarding day, you should be ready with your pre-employment requirements, and not ask for time (a week or two) preparing them, thus delaying your first day (and your salary).
There are some simple things that you can do to ensure that your job application will be smooth and ‘anxiety-free’ (with the paperwork at least.).
Get an appointment. To get documentation or records, some would require an appointment for you to claim it. Whether for processing or verification purposes, make sure you have an appointment beforehand to save you time queuing in line.
Prioritize. Whether you’re applying for new documents or renewal, some would require weeks as lead days before they get released. Some require shorter periods that they will be released in a matter of days. So check which one you should be applying for first, then schedule your applications that you wuld be able to get all of them just in time.
Be ready for fees. Processing fees, renewal fees, verification fees – there are some charges and fees that you’d have to pay for certain documents to be released. Make sure you have with you the necessary amounts so you do not have to go and queue back again.
While companies may have their own list of documents you have to submit, common company requirements are certifications about your education, previous employment records, government-issued documents, and health certifications.
If you have been with your last company for a decade, chances are your 10-year old pre-employment documents are either missing, invalid or surrendered to the company. If it has been a long time since you’ve last applied for a job, its time to have your government-issued documents be renewed; most documents would indicate a validity date. As for school documents, the normal application procedure applies, fill-up a request form, pay the necessary fees, and your document would be ready for pick-up or be sent to your doorstep through a courier service. Health certifications are important whether you are a skilled worker or not. There are companies that would shoulder these health test fees while others would have the prospective employee pay for it.
While there are companies that would allow and give you time to complete your requirements, urgent posts particularly requires you to start immediately on the job.
Being ready with company requirements not only shows that you come prepared, it also shows how you give importance to your time and other people’s time, it shows your diligence and professionalism in your new company.