Monthly Archives: June 2012

Don’t Forget Your Job Search Schoolin’

When we are searching for a job, we focus on doing what needs to be done to find a job.  We look for great opportunities with companies and search for positions that provide a great salary in the geographical location of our preference.  Basically, the short term goal of obtaining a job is our destination.

During your job search, you polished your resume, made sure your online profiles were professional, networked, interviewed, and so much more.  Successful job seekers make sure they leave no stone unturned when it comes to establishing their professional image and preparing to promote their skills and accomplishments at the drop of a hat.  Job seekers are knowledgeable.  They read business publications and research employers of choice.  Basically, they are in the know.  Well, they should be right?

Probably, the biggest mistake working professionals make after starting a new position is that they stop all of the wonderful practices they implemented during their job search and focus only on doing their new jobs.  BIG MISTAKE!

Successful career management is so much more than just job search success.  Here are a few best practices for great career managers:

Network:  Great career managers continue the business relationships they worked so hard to develop during their job search.  They position themselves as a professional and look for ways to help all of those who graciously helped them during the job search.

Pay it Forward:  It is imperative for career managers to pay it forward.  Provide praise.  Thank your new colleagues for their assistance.  Give credit where credit is due.  As we fight to climb the corporate ladder, we have to make a choice whether we want to climb with the support of our colleagues or use our colleagues as the steps.  Successful career managers accept the support of their colleagues and make sure to give back more than received at every opportunity along the way.

Online Presence: You worked so hard to perfect your online profile.  You engaged in LinkedIn Groups.  You reached out to alumni, former colleagues, and faculty.  Resist the mindset that you are now employed and do not have time to continue your online professional presence.  You have a great opportunity to give back through the same source that most likely made a huge difference in your job search success in the first place.  Provide the same great advice to current job seekers that you received during your journey.

Professional Development:  Finally, never stop searching for more education.  Be a life-long learner.  Seek to be more knowedgeable in your profession, look for opportunities to learn better leadership and communication skills, and challenge yourself to stay on top of the latest technologies.

It’s called LifeLong Career Management for a reason.  Accomplishments within the job as well as your professional presence and relationships go hand-in-hand to achieve career management success.

After You Accept the Offer: Now What?

The day has finally arrived.  You have accepted an offer for an internship or fulltime position.  Regardless of the day your future employer gives you as your official start date, it is important you begin preparing the day you accept the offer.

Once a candidate is chosen for a position, an announcement is sent to the employer’s team.  The department begins preparing for your start date.  You as a future employee have a wonderful opportunity.  Instead of waiting until your first day on the job to meet your coworkers and supervisor, follow these simple tips on how you can make a positive impact immediately.

  • Reach out to your future supervisor and coworkers and let them know of your excitement to join the team.
  • Ask your supervisor if there is anything you can review or read prior to your first day.   Anything you can do to learn more about the department in regards to their work as well as the professionals working in that area will provide you the opportunity to make that immediate contribution you promised in the interview process.
  • If possible, visit your upcoming place of work before your first day.  Join your new team for lunch or possibly an after work get together if possible so that your first day will more comfortable for everyone involved.
  • Even though you researched the company as much as you thought possible in preparation for your interview, you should now look for resources that provide even more information for you.  Look to see if the company has had any press since your interview.
  • Keep in mind that you might be taking the place of a current employee or an intern who is finishing their assignment.  By giving the current employee in the position the opportunity to train you, you will alleviate a great deal of pressure in the event there is no overlap between you and that current employee after your start date.

Your future employer may not be ready to work with you or meet with you until your first day of employment.  That is the choice of that employer.  Your job as a future employee is to make the very best first impression you can to both your employer and coworkers.  It is your job to reach out and assure everyone of your excitement and interest.

You had to make a great first impression during the interview process.  Now is the time to make another great impression.