Many of you are taking advantage of this amazing job market and have accepted a new job, given your current employer your notice, and you might be asking yourself “now what?” Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts that are good reminders of how to spend your next two weeks before you start your new job.
DON’T: Give your 2-week notice to your current employer until you have passed all pre-hire paperwork. Even if you are 100% confident everything will come through okay for your new job, you should still wait until all pre-hire drug screens and background checks are complete before putting in your two-week notice. This will ensure you are not without a job, in the event a conflict arises. You are not an official employee until you walk through the door on your first day of work.
DO: Anticipate receiving a counter offer from your current company. Remember, you are leaving for a reason. Don’t forget all those reasons because they are offering you more money in the final hour. If you were worth it to them before you gave your notice, they should have been paying you the amount in the counter offer and offering you that “promotion” before you had to force their hand. Check out my previous article on this subject for more details; “Three lies you’ll hear from your boss when you quit.”
DO: Take your resume off websites and let companies and recruiters know you found a new job: Even though you have accepted a new position, treat the other companies and individuals you have been speaking to with kindness and respect. Return phone calls and emails. Take your resume down if you have secured another position. Be polite. I venture to say that there are people along the way that have helped you secure your new job, or that were trying to help you, that you should reach out to and let them know you have found something. You never know when you may need them again, or you can refer a friend.
DON’T: Lie on a background test or drug screen: You will be found out. Even if you get away with it once, eventually it will catch up with you. It’s not worth it. If you are honest and upfront, many companies are willing to work with you. There are a variety of circumstances companies are willing to overlook with simple explanations (even if they are embarrassing). People make mistakes, but companies won’t take on liars. If you lie about your past, what else will you lie about?
DO: Speak up if you haven’t heard from the company or your recruiter in a few days leading up to your new job’s start date. It is important to remain in contact with the hiring team to ensure all paperwork was received and that you have the “Green Light,” for your first day of work. Make sure to call and/or email your team to ensure all pre-hire work is complete.
DO: Save all important personal documents. Once you give notice, your access to company emails and portals will be revoked. Make sure you save examples of your work, non-proprietary presentations and anything you are proud of and would like to keep. Just make sure you aren’t breaching any confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements.
DON’T: Check out of your current job. Finish out your last two weeks strong. Train your replacement, make sure you have friend’s and colleagues contact information so you can stay in touch, and work hard for your employer. They are paying you despite the fact you are leaving, so give it all you’ve got while you are there.
DON’T: burn any bridges and leave on good terms. You’ll never know when your paths will cross again. Often times individuals think they’ll “never see someone again,” but this is a small world. You will need references from your previous employer, so it’s a good idea to leave a good last impression.
Good luck in your new endeavor. You will do great!
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