By Gerald Walsh ©
Job searching – whether you are currently employed or not – can be a long, arduous process. So it’s not surprising that once you land that new job, your attention turns to the future. Understandably, you want to “get going” with your new employer and your new job.
But don’t consider your search to be totally over just yet. You want to wrap up your search in the same professional manner with which it was conducted. The relationships you developed throughout your search will continue to be important to you for the rest of your career.
Here are a few steps you should take:
1. Let any other employers who may have been considering you for a position know that you have accepted an offer elsewhere and thank them for their consideration and advice. These are business relationships that could help you in the future.
2. You should also send updated information on your new job, including contact details, to all those who helped you during your search. This list includes all personal and business contacts, recruiters, references, previous employers, and any other interested parties. Be sure to thank them all for their efforts and support. And encourage them to contact you at any time should they need similar assistance.
3. Update your various social media profiles with your new job title and a description of your responsibilities. It will be fun receiving all those congratulatory messages from your friends and connections.
4. While you’re at it, update your resume with all the details of the job you are now leaving. Memories are short and it is useful to list all your responsibilities and accomplishments while they are still fresh in your mind.
5. Finally, place the contact sheets, telephone numbers, email addresses, and any other relevant information from your search effort in a safe place for future reference. You never know when you might need them again.
One last point:
Keep in touch with your new employer while you work through your notice period with your old employer. Why not invite your new boss out for coffee or lunch to discuss priorities? Or ask for company materials, such as business plans, annual reports or budgets, to help you prepare for beginning employment?
As a minimum, you should offer to drop by the new office to get signed on to the benefits plan and meet some of your fellow workers. If they happen to invite you to a company event, like the annual picnic, make sure you attend. Small steps like these will demonstrate your enthusiasm for the new job and your eagerness to fit in.
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Gerald Walsh is an executive recruiter, career coach, public speaker and author. During a 25+ year career, he has interviewed more than 10,000 job candidates, completed hundreds of successful searches for a range of organizations and guided many individuals – from young professionals to senior executives – to successful career change. He is the author of “PINNACLE: How to Land the Right Job and Find Fulfillment in Your Career.” You can follow Gerry on Twitter @Gerald_Walsh and LinkedIn.