Congratulations! You nailed your interview and you just received an offer from your dream job. Now what? You accepted the offer over the phone with the hiring manager. But what do you do next? When do your resignation with your current job?
Navigating the time between when you receive an offer and the first day of your new position can be tricky. Here is what you need to know for a seamless transition to your new job.
Wait for the official offer letter
Before you even think about submitting your two weeks’ notice, you need to wait for the official offer letter from your new employer. Technically, nothing is official until you receive, review, sign, and submit your offer letter.
Don’t submit your notice until you have carefully reviewed your offer letter. Read the fine print. Make sure it matches everything previously discussed and it coincides with what you are looking for in a new opportunity.
Now is the time to ask the hiring manager or HR any questions on benefits, paid time off, or any other questions you may have. If the offer looks good and you like everything you’ve heard, you’re ready to cross your T’s and dot your I’s.
Put in your two weeks’ notice
After you send off your official offer to your new employer, it’s time to submit your notice. Now, this can be one of the most difficult (and awkward) conversations you’ll have at work. However, it’s necessary to move on to your new opportunity.
Obviously, this is a conversation you will need to have in person with your boss. And make sure you tell your boss first. I know you may want to tell your closest co-workers, but the professional thing to do is to tell your boss in person, first.
Depending on your relationship with your boss, you can either head over to their office and ask to speak with them in private for a minute or you can schedule a meeting on their calendar. I know this is a difficult conversation, but just be honest and candid with your boss.
Have a last day in mind, (typically two weeks from your notice) so you can tell your manager when they ask. Thank them for the opportunity to work with them and express your gratitude for working with them. Shake their hand and move on to the next step.
Depending on your organization, you may need to draft an official letter of resignation. Keep this short and to the point. Basically, the letter needs to include a statement of resignation, your job title, the company you are resigning from, and the date of your last day of work. If you need help, The Muse offers a great guideline for writing a resignation letter.
Understanding what your first day will look like
Now that you have officially accepted your new job opportunity and put in your notice, you are probably curious about what your first day will be like. You may be wondering to yourself “what should I wear?” or “where do I go on my first day?” or even “what is my team like?”
Almost everyone has asked themselves these questions when starting a new job but don’t seek out the answers. Want to know what the office dress code is? Ask your new boss or someone in human resources. Want a better understanding of the dynamic of your new team? Look them up on LinkedIn and get a feel for who you’ll be working with.
Starting a new job can be very overwhelming. Getting a better idea of what your new work environment, the makeup of your team, or even just something as simple as knowing where to park on your first day, will help you put some of those nerves at ease.
Relax and enjoy the ride
Take a deep breath and relax. You deserve it! Enjoy the last few days at your current position and get excited about your new career path. Add your colleagues on LinkedIn and save the contact information with those that you want to keep in touch.
Accepting a new position can be stressful, but if you follow these guidelines, you will have a smooth transition into your new job.