You’ve just accepted a job offer. You are ready to make the leap to a new employer and begin a new job. But before you take the next step in your career, there are some things you should always do AFTER you get the job – not before.
Always wait until you receive and sign an offer of employment before doing the following:
1. Say thank you
Expressing your gratitude for being offered the job is a great way to make an impression on your new employer. Thank everyone you have been in contact with during the interview process and express your excitement to be the newest member of the team.
2. Inform your current manager ASAP
If you accept an external position, you should let your current boss know right away. Draft a letter of resignation and give it to your manager as soon as possible.
This will allow you to set a termination date so you can inform your new employer when you can officially start your new job.
3. Bow out of other job opportunities
If you are on the hunt for a new job, the odds are you are working through multiple opportunities at the same time. If this is the case, make sure to inform other employers that you no longer want to be considered. This is the considerate thing to do. Don’t ghost them.
4. Offer to help with the transition
Helping your outgoing employer with the transition is the professional thing to do. Offer to help train your replacement, make recommendations, and prepare work to make things as easy as possible for your employer before you exit the organization. This is an effective way to leave on a good note and maintain your professional relationship with the company.
5. Connect with your new manager/colleagues
There will likely be several weeks before you formally start your new job. It’s good practice to reach out to your new manager (via email or LinkedIn) to start building rapport. Ask them about anything you can do to prepare for your first week on the job. Connecting will help you feel more comfortable on your first day.
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