Congratulations, you received a job offer and accepted! Getting a new job can be an extremely exciting time, but there are some things you need to do immediately to ensure a smooth transition into your new role.
Talk to Your Boss
Resigning is never really easy, even when you’re thrilled about your new opportunity. It’s normal to feel nervous. However, you’re not the first person to resign and you won’t be the last, so don’t let intimidation keep you from speaking to your boss after you formally accept and sign your offer letter.
It is important to give your employer the courtesy of formal written notice, and give that notice to your boss in person. Do this before you tell a single co-worker about your new job. Even if you don’t get along with your boss, take the high road. Show respect to the company and leave knowing you did everything right.
Help With the Transition
Once your resignation is formal, your boss must figure out how your tasks and responsibilities will be handled until someone new can be hired. Offer to help in any way possible, from cross-training another team member on certain tasks to developing detailed process documents for your position.
If you have open projects on your plate, go over those with your boss and let her know whether or not you will be able to complete them before your last day. If you agree to tie up loose ends, follow through and see that you get them done.
Keep in Touch With Your New Employer
Make sure you keep in touch with your recruiter or your employer during your transitional period. There may be things like drug screens, background checks, paperwork, etc., that need to be taken care of before your start day. Make sure to reply to emails and phone calls promptly and handle all tasks as quickly as possible to set the right tone for your new job.
Use Your Time off to Recharge
If you built in a few days off for yourself in between jobs, make the most of that time. Get your home life organized by cleaning, filling up the fridge with groceries and running errands you won’t want to deal with as you adjust to your first week on the new job.
Also, schedule time to do fun and relaxing things you don’t normally get to do during the week. Play a midday round of golf, go for a late afternoon pedicure or take in a matinee at the movies. Treat yourself to something special before you get back to the grind. Relaxing and recharging will help you tackle your new position with more energy and focus.