You’ve put in the work. You reviewed and revised your resume until it was flawless. You practiced your discussion points and interview answers time and time again. You shone through as a competitive candidate in a very competitive market, and to your great pleasure you have been offered and accepted a position. Now what? This article will discuss the important things you need to accomplish after accepting a new position.
Tie Up Loose Ends
There are often many tasks that you will need to accomplish before your first day on the new job. You’ll want to tie up any loose ends with a previous employer or clients well before you transition to your new position. If you need to give notice of your departure, be sure to provide at least two weeks’ advanced notice, so your previous employer can make arrangements. Follow up with human resources to make sure all appropriate paperwork is completed and submitted on time, as well.
If you need to find childcare for your kids, try to pin down daycare as soon as possible, as it can sometimes be difficult to find good childcare on short notice. Lastly, try to accomplish or check off any to-dos at home that you know you won’t likely have time to accomplish while working full time. Making sure any household chores are accomplished will help ease the transition into a regular day job, as well.
Keep in Touch with Your Recruiter or New Employer
While there might not be any immediate tasks that need your attention prior to your official start date, it is a good idea to keep in touch with your new employer or your recruiter to make sure that preparations are on track for your first day of work. This can be as simple as a phone call or email exchange a week or so before your start date. Make sure all necessary paperwork and screenings take place in a timely manner. Also, keeping in touch with future co-workers helps to set the stage for strong working relationships and helps to alleviate any awkwardness on your first day. Just be sure that your communication goes through the proper channels (your recruiter for example) and does not come across as nagging or invasive.
Evaluate Your Financial Situation
Once you have pinned down your future salary, it’s a good time to reevaluate your monthly budget. Evaluate your expected monthly expenses in relation to your new incoming salary. If you are relocating for a new job, take all moving costs and external expenses into account. If you are commuting further for a new position, you should also include gas or bus fare in your calculations. It can be exciting to plan future purchases when you are sure of a higher incoming salary, but be careful not to go overboard and regret blowing your budget in the long term.
Make the Most of Your Time Off
Lastly, have fun with your remaining time off. Consider this time to be a vacation in and of itself. Relax and enjoy time with your friends and family before you get swept up in a new job.