Starting a New Job: Between The Offer Letter and The First Day

Starting a New Job-- Between The Offer Letter and The First Day

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Some people will take it easy before the first days of a new job after an intense job hunt, passing an interview with flying colors, engaging in the ideal wage negotiation, and accepting the role. Maintaining a consistent pace between the offer and the job is the best way to make a positive first impression and demonstrate that you were the best choice for the job

You’re supposed to get up to speed quickly at the senior level, and you’ll be scrutinized from day one. Getting ahead of the curve will help you gain respect from superiors and colleagues alike.

Let’s look at five core tips and tasks for establishing authority, familiarity, and rapport.


Get Started Immediately

Your job does not begin on the first day. Although researching potential employers is part of the job search process, you can start expanding your knowledge base as soon as possible and continue through the first days on the job. To define marketing and product strategies, start with the company chart and a discussion with managers. The human resources department is a great place to look for company collateral materials. Focusing on key players and talent pools early on will help you make an impact.

Determine your first-month objectives as well as key achievements for initiatives that are already underway when you arrive. Get a good picture of an effective project result and figure out how you can contribute to it.


Remember to think about networks.

Networking is crucial. While expanding your network to include your new business, use downtime to strengthen connections and relationships from previous roles.

When leaving an organization, no matter what the previous situation was, never burn bridges. Colleagues will reappear in a variety of positions during a career and throughout subsequent work hunts.

Take the initiative socially to fit into a new company’s culture. Instead of eating lunch at the workplace or with old friends, learn how lunch is done in the new organization and meet new people. Concentrate on listening and observing the general atmosphere. Is there a fixed time for meetings? What are the hours that people stick to? During working hours, how much chit-chat is acceptable? Is it better to communicate via e-mail or in person?


Seamless transitions

The strength of an executive’s network and personal resources determines her ability to achieve challenging goals and complete projects on schedule and budget. It may take years to build relationships with dependable suppliers and industry contacts, so be sure to take those relationships with you when you move.

On the other hand, maintaining a positive relationship with former employers requires ensuring that institutional information is passed on when leaving a business. It’s not a smart idea to hoard information if you want to improve your professional reputation.


Housekeeping and Human Resources

Make the most of your transition period with housekeeping and HR enforcement. Before you start the job, try to finish as much HR paperwork as possible and order your business cards ahead of time.

Schedule meetings with team members, managers, and key staff as soon as possible before the official start date. Get a head start on arranging your workspace so you can start fresh.


Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up.

During the first few days in a new job, try not to be shy about asking questions. Give yourself enough time to adapt to a new environment; it’s impossible to know all from the start. Realistic expectations are an essential antidote to the uncertainty of starting a new job.

After a week or so:

  1. Go over the orientation materials again now that you’ve gotten a sense of the actual workflow and environment.
  2. Don’t let pride get in the way of turning down offers of assistance.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask straightforward questions because some supervisors are better suited to training new recruits than others.


Although beginning a new job can be nerve-wracking, channeling the nervous energy can help new hires shine from the outset.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021 



JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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