"You're Hired!" Now What?
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Congratulations on your new job. Your skills, experience and credentials have brought you success in your job hunt. Enjoy your triumph. Take your victory lap.
And get busy.
Because, like all major career events, landing a new job requires an effective communication strategy.
1. Update your resume.
Your resume is not some set-in-stone, rarified document that you remove from the vault only when job hunting. If you're savvy about current trends in today's competitive job market, your resume is fluid and easy to customize, depending on your audience. While it's true you don't really know what your new job is really going to look like on a daily basis, you at least have the official job description. Somehow, having an up-to-date resume makes people more confident: Their track record is up-to-date—and ready at all times for deployment.
2. Make sure all the people in your network know your coordinates.
If your contact information has changed, let everyone know—and if possible, inform them with a personal message. It's important for your family, friends and colleagues to know how to contact you—and, I think, in as many ways as possible. If you are moving directly from one job to another, you'll display your leadership qualities when you help your boss recruit, hire, and train the person who will take up your responsibilities.
3. Continue to research.
Of course, you researched your new employer to help you land the job. But continue to read everything about your new employer you can get your hands on. And study the industry, its emerging issues and trends, and its major players. I tell the MBA students I teach that one of the best things about going to graduate school is their access to—and training in—extracting deep information from multi-million dollar global data bases. If you're not in graduate school, try to get access to a major library, e.g., your state's university
4. Take a vacation.
Even if it's a long weekend, try not to arrive your first day on the new job looking sleep deprived. The first few weeks on a job are exhausting. Try to arrive relaxed, refreshed, and rested.
5. Start to think about your first 30-, 60-, and 90-day contributions.
Not only are employers today slow to hire, they're also expecting new employees to make bottom-line contributions immediately. So, expect to answer this question: What will you achieve in your first 30-, 60-, and 90-days on the job? Aim to answer with quantifiable results.
6. Details. Details. Details.
Having a new job affects many facets of your life. e.g, your wardrobe. Observe carefully to make sure you know the your new company's dress code. Realize that some of this dress code will be part of the culture and, therefore, unwritten. The dress-like-your-boss's-boss cliché has truth. Also, research all your commuting options in advance: The more back-up plans you have, the better. And, most importantly, develop a plan for how your new job will impact your personal life. Think family schedules, child care arrangements, domestic errands, and chores, etc.
7. Stay humble—but don't overdo it, either.
Humility is key to leadership. We admire the men and women in history who helped improve people's lives. They were great, and they were humble. Many of us come from cultural backgrounds that admonish us not to seem overly confident. Good advice: We don't like arrogant people. But you must also remember: You may be new on the job, but they hired you because they saw potential. Yes, there's no escaping that humbling feeling of being the new kid on the block. But all you can do is ride it out. So keep on learning—and keep on smiling.
–Susan Mach, PhD
Susan Mach, PhD, is a communication coach, trainer, and strategist. She teaches management communication part time at major NYC-area business schools, and investment research report writing at NYSSA.
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