Receiving the offer of a new job can prompt some of the most unalloyed feelings of joy possible. For a moment, at least. But soon, the rush of euphoria and the unabashed kitchen-dancing subsides, and different feelings begin to bubble up. Anticipation. Nervousness. Worry.
Going into a new situation can cause stress. Even though your new job represents a great opportunity, it’s natural to feel a little apprehensive.
The best cure is to prepare. Get everything set for the first day so you don’t add to your jitters with disorganization and uncertainty. Here are six items to keep in mind as you prepare for a new job:
Take a Little Time for Yourself
You may only have an afternoon. You might get a day, or even a long weekend. Whatever time the transition allows, carve out whatever you can spare to celebrate and decompress.
First off, you deserve it. Second, once you jump into the new position, you’ll likely have precious little time to rest, at least until you’ve settled into the new situation. Take advantage of the time you have and let yourself enjoy the accomplishment.
Wind Down Your Previous Obligations
If you’re leaving a previous job for the new opportunity, give notice and do what you can to conduct an orderly departure. You’ll want your old boss and coworkers as references later, so don’t leave them in the lurch.
If you were unemployed going into the new hire, you still might have some items to work out. Unemployment officials might need paperwork filled out. Also, family obligations might need to get rearranged to fit your new schedule (driving the kids to school, picking up lunch for your sick grandma, etc.).
Let Your Network Know
When you launched your search for a new job, you probably started by activating your network, seeing if anyone knew of a potential opportunity. Now that you’ve found something, you should let everyone know.
Get the word out about where you landed and use the opportunity to stay in touch. Also, thank everyone for their support (even if you can’t remember if some of them did anything).
Keep in Touch with Your New Employer
Don’t play loose with your first day. Confirm your start date. Get all the small details ironed out before your first day: parking, dress code, etc.
You’ll have a less stressful first day and keeping in contact with your new employer allows you to build a relationship with your future boss and co-workers.
Start ‘Pre-Season’ Training
Athletes don’t just jump into the games that matter. Every sport includes a pre-season schedule, allowing players to get into shape and mentally prepare.
Follow that model. Learn everything about the company, your team and the product you’ll be working on. Research your new boss a little on social media, so you have a sense of what you’ll be dealing with day to day.
Get yourself to and from the office a few times, driving the route or figuring out the best public transit plan. This way you’ll have a good sense of how long your commute will take and you won’t get lost.
Complete Paperwork Promptly
Your first day will get filled by a bunch of preliminary items. In all the hubbub, don’t forget the paperwork. If possible, get as much of the paperwork as you can in advance. That way, you’ll be better positioned to jump right into the real work.
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