You've Accepted the Job - Now What?


It's official - you've accepted an offer on a new job starting next month! The ink on the contract has dried, you've turned down any counteroffers, and now you wait. Right? Well, not exactly.

Whether it is been a three-month contract or a 15-year tenure, it's important to consider going about these last few weeks at your current role as you would any other day on the job. Like a cherry on top of a sundae or a bow on a present, the effort you put into this final period of time is the finishing touch on all of your work. So, better make it good!

As you ready yourself to move into your next role, we recommend making a to-do list that includes the following items:

1. Give proper notice. While professional courtesy usually requires two weeks, there may be other factors to consider. Depending on the project you are working on, your employer may need for you to give a three-week notice. In some cases, you may only be required to give one week. Be sure to confirm and communicate this information with your manager, HR, or otherwise appropriate person, and carry out your duties as usual and as required for the duration. Which leads us to the next item on your list...

2. Leave your team and environment better than you found it. Although you may eager to start your new role (and you should be!), now is not the time to lose steam. You're still on the job, so a main area of focus might involve delegating, organizing, and documenting your tasks. Maintain professionalism, be positive and upbeat. Bask in the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you were an exemplary employee until the very end, and that your team will be able to continue business operations without pause. Leading us to your final action item...

3. Get references for the future. You've likely collaborated with many team members, having made connections you will undoubtedly want to keep on a professional or personal level. But should you at some point happen to be looking for another job in the future, now is a great time to make sure you have some references. Ask for personal phone numbers and email addresses, not just work numbers and email addresses, and of course, keep in touch!

By checking these items off your list, you can rest assured that the impression you leave will be a great one as you venture on to your next role. 

By Staff Writer at Technical Connections

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