What Next? A New Job Checklist

So, you have polished and sent your resume, got called for an interview and been hired for the job. Congratulations, all of the prep work is over—almost.  While you may have gotten the tough part out of the way, there is still more to check off your to-do list. When transitioning from one job to the next, you are leaving something that is familiar and starting something new which can be both exciting and overwhelming. As you anticipate your start date, there are things that you can do in the meantime to prepare and help make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Clean, organize and set-up.

A new job presents an opportunity for a fresh start. It is a great time to sort through your items and choose what you want to take with you. It is also an opportune time to organize tax information, onboarding materials and any other loose documents. Additionally, you will want to figure out how you want to arrange your new workspace. Having a desk that is neat and tidy is important, as it helps you work most efficiently, but do not be afraid dress it up or add something unique to make your workspace your own.

Plan, prepare and research.

While you likely already did some preliminary research on the company that hired you, it is still a wise idea to do further research now that you have accepted the offer. That way, you will be well informed which will not only benefit you, but also the company as a whole. And, if any additional questions arise you will know what to ask. Speaking of asking questions, maintaining frequent contact with your hiring manager will demonstrate your good communication skills, and you can get your questions answered. While you are planning ahead, it does not hurt to plan a few years ahead, either. As you start a new job, always plan for your potential next job, too, by updating your list of references.

Keep your routine, figure out your “time off” schedule and relax.

Before you start your new job it may seem too early to start thinking about a vacation, but that is something your manager will want to know ahead of time, so they can plan, too. Whether it is prior obligations, a vacation or time off for the holidays, make note of it.

Once you have taken the steps to get fully prepared and organized, give yourself the luxury of a few days off, if possible. However, also try to stick to a routine and maintain a similar sleep schedule. That way, you will not be thrown off and have to adjust again once work begins. This will help you relax and regroup so you can start your new job feeling refreshed.

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