Secrets for a Smooth Job Transition

Congratulations! You nailed the job interview, and the hiring manager wants to know when you can start. You may be tempted to take a week off to relax, or start right away to avoid any gaps in your income. Whatever you decide, follow these tips to be completely prepared to give your new job 110%!

Exit Stage Right

After you have given the customary two-week notice, you will be tempted to tell everyone about your exciting new opportunity. Remember, the less said the better. It is best to keep the details to yourself. Simply say that you found a new position that fits your long-term goals. You don’t want to alienate your employer or colleagues, they may be valuable contacts in the future.

The Touchy-feely Stuff

If you have been relatively happy in your present position, you may experience feelings of detachment. You may have second thoughts about your decision to make a career move. You may feel sad about leaving your friends behind. These feelings are all normal. Keep in mind that your situation is not unique and this change is necessary for your career progression. Above all, do not look back. Look forward to the new opportunities and challenges ahead of you. Gather your self-confidence and charge ahead!

Start with Success in Mind

  •  Remove your resume from internet job boards immediately. You do not want your new employer to assume you are not committed to your new position.
  •  Update your LinkedIn profile with the new company and position title.
  •  Visualize success. If you routinely and intentionally visualize a desired outcome, your subconscious increases the motivation to make it happen. You become more determined to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals. So, find a quiet place and picture yourself in your new position. Spend 30 minutes visualizing interactions with the people at the new job. See yourself accomplishing projects and receiving recognition for your achievements. Your success is just ahead waiting for you to make it happen!

On the Job

  •  Take good notes and plenty of them! Keep a notebook handy at all times. Good note taking will demonstrate your eagerness to learn and your respect for the person giving the information.
  •  Observe the company’s working style – how things are done – and try to fit in from the start. Ask for advice and feedback.
  •  Develop relationships carefully – don’t take sides. Try to establish friendly relationships with all your co-workers, not just the ones who can be useful.

While it is natural to feel anxious when starting a new job, you will be more confident when you are prepared for the changes ahead. Take a deep breath, smile, and walk in with a can-do attitude. You won’t be the new kid on the block for long.