Once you have landed the job, you can give yourself a pat on the back and breathe a sigh of relief. The stress of looking for a job is over. However, now you have a new type of stress called starting a new job. Instead of worrying and being anxious about whether you can do the job, whether your boss and colleagues will like you and whether you will be able to add any value to the company, you should start preparing. The period between acceptance and the day you actually report for duty are a critical time for you to prepare for your new responsibilities. Use this time wisely and productively because it does not come by that often.
Let us say there are two weeks to go before your start date; it is during this phase that you need to jump start working relationships and prepare and learn.
An executive recruitment company in New England thoroughly recommends beginning your new job by identifying the work colleagues who will be crucial to your effectiveness at the office. It is not just the obvious suspects either; sure, your boss is important, but what about those who will be working under you and the main customers and clients, these are people who will play a pivotal role in your new work life.
Have coffee or lunch with these people to try and connect with them during this period when there is little pressure. You will get to know them as human beings rather than colleagues first. If you meet with your boss prior to starting the new job, you can ask him/her about their expectations of you and the job. You want to know how they measure success in your position. If you meet with your peers, you can get a better understanding of company culture and insights into how your new colleague behave and view their jobs, the company and the industry. Based on these insightful meetings with your boss and colleagues, you will have a pretty good idea of what you should do to prepare properly for your first day at the company.
This period is also a good time to read up on information that the company would not have normally shared with you before bringing you on board; such as strategies, products/services in development and future projects. A quick search on Google will bring back a ton of information about the company’s history, industry trends, competitors and the marketplace that you will soon be working in. You will be demonstrating how you are engaging with the company and show commitment and passion for the job.