Congratulations on landing the new job! Now what's next after accepting a job offer?
In the time before you start, you might want to schedule a brief break between jobs so you can go into the new role relaxed and refreshed. You can practice your new commute and figure out what to wear, too.
But don’t forget these 7 steps you should take before your first day at your job with a new employer:
1. Write your acceptance letter
You accepted verbally but you also want to put it in writing. Whether you send an email or mail a letter formally accepting a job offer, it’s important to restate the final offer details and express enthusiasm and appreciation for the opportunity. Ask if there’s anything needed from you prior to the start date.
2. Notify your boss that you’re accepting a job offer
If you’re employed, it’s good form to tell your manager you are accepting a job offer and then agree on a termination date — usually two weeks from the day you announce your resignation. Submit a formal resignation letter, making sure to give one copy to your boss and another to the appropriate person in the human resources department.
You may get a counteroffer from your current employer that includes a higher salary or sweeter perks. Resist the temptation to accept. Remember all the reasons you looked for a new job in the first place.
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3. Let other contenders know
If you’ve been interviewing for positions with other employers, email them that you’ve accepted a job offer with another company. Don’t be that candidate who ghosts an employer during the hiring process. As you withdraw yourself from consideration, keep your sentiments positive and express appreciation.
4. Cultivate your network
You’re headed for a new adventure, but you should keep nurturing the relationships you’ve built over the years. Your soon-to-be former boss and coworkers are important parts of your professional network. Add them as LinkedIn connections. Get their personal email addresses. Go out to lunch one last time. Who knows? You may find yourself going back to them for work one day.
5. Facilitate handovers
It’s basic professional courtesy to help out during the transition period before you leave your old role, either by training your replacement or writing detailed instructions for a future new hire. Leave your electronic and paper files in good order. Now is also a good time to give your desk a thorough decluttering and cleaning, making sure you don't leave behind anything personal.
6. Stay in touch with your new manager
Your formal acceptance letter should not be the last time your new boss hears from you before your first day on the job. If there’s silence during the weeks after you’ve accepted a job offer, don’t be shy about communicating first. Ask how you can prepare for the first day, if there's any paperwork you need to fill out, where and when to report, and if there will be an orientation.
7. Leave on a high note
There’s much to do after accepting a job offer, so don’t rest on your laurels and coast during your final two weeks at your workplace. Finish strong and display a positive attitude. Make an effort to thank any colleagues who helped you learn and grow professionally in the job. Make the most of this time to create a smooth transition as you prepare for the next exciting chapter of your career.
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