Congratulations! After searching for a job, you have now successfully landed one. You may be wondering how to best spend the time after between now and your start date. Since you clearly want to start off on the right foot, here are some tips for using that time wisely.
1) Learn more about the company. No doubt you researched the company before the interview, but now that you have the job, it’s a good time to go back and do an even deeper dive. Look for press releases and articles in the media about the company so that you have a good feel for what the issues are.
2) Review information about the position. To ensure that you are ready to hit the ground running when you start work, it’s a good idea to review the vacancy announcement for the position as well as any notes that you took to remind you of what the organization is looking for in the new hire.
3) Draft a plan for how you will address priorities. Assuming that you discussed the top priorities for the person in the new position at the time of the interview, you should now focus on how you will address them. Your boss may not necessarily agree with all of your proposals, but it will certainly show that you have put some thought into how you will approach your new job if you have a meeting early on to share your strategies for addressing the top priorities for this position that you have just assumed.
4) Review LinkedIn profiles of those who are in your business unit. Researching key people that you will be working with before you start your new position is a great way to get ahead of the game. You can find out about the work histories of your new colleagues as well as any personal interests that they may have listed on their profile. You may find that you have common interests which you capitalize on in your new working relationships.
5) Take care of any personal business. Since it may well be a few months before you are able to build up leave time, it makes sense to schedule any doctors’ appointments or other types of appointments before you start your new job. It doesn’t leave a good first impression if you walk in the door asking for time off.
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