What to Do After You Land the Job You Want

You did it! You got a job offer. What now? Here are the next steps you should take to accept and prepare for the great new job position you just landed.

After a long and arduous job hunt, you did it. You’ve been offered a position at (hopefully) a great company for a great job you’re excited about. But what do you do now that you’ve been offered a place in the company? Well there is a process to accepting a job offer, and though you may feel a little overwhelmed, we’re here to help. Here’s some advice for accepting the job, filling out the required paperwork, and preparing for the first day of your new job.

Accept graciously and professionally

Depending on the way you receive your job offer (by phone, email, or in person), it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment and react without really thinking. If you receive the offer via email, it’s a good idea to type out a draft and have someone look it over before hitting send. You want to make sure that you express your happiness to have been offered the job while also maintaining a level of professionalism. The same goes if you receive the offer by phone or in person. Smile, say yes, and express your enthusiasm about the company and the position, but save the screaming and cheering until you hang up or leave the office.

Related: How to Write a Professional Email 

Confirm details

If the information isn’t already presented to you, you’ll want to make sure to confirm some details before your first day. For instance, what time are you expected at work the first day? Oftentimes you’ll be asked to come in a little bit later the first day since your supervisor will want to get some work accomplished in the morning before showing you around. And don’t be afraid to confirm details over your compensation too—you want to make sure you fully understand your salary, benefits, contracts, paid time off, and any other parts of your pay that may be confusing.

If you aren’t clear on the dress code, make sure to ask. However, even if your new workplace has a casual work environment, it never hurts to dress up a bit the first day. It shows professionalism and respect, and it’s better to overdress than under dress.Also ask what to bring with you. Do you need certain identification to fill out paperwork? Will you be given the supplies you need at the office? Will you need to bring your laptop while they set up your computer? Regardless, if you’re headed to work in an office, it’s a good idea to bring the basics, like a pad of paper and a pen. That way, you’re covered no matter what.

Related: Transferable College-to-Job Skills for Students

Prepare yourself

Preparing for the job itself is one thing, but be sure to scope out your commute too. Yes, that subway ride or drive might typically take 30 minutes, but when you add in rush-hour traffic, expect it to be longer. Don’t be afraid to do a test run if it’s possible, or at the very least, make sure you leave plenty early on your first day. You can even use that first commute to time it, and plan what time you’ll leave from here on out. Do some (more) research on the company. Sure, at the interview you were probably asked on a basic level what you know or like about the company, but you don’t want to be caught in a situation where you’re expected to know something about the organization, and you don’t. Also, look further into your role and what you'll be expected to do at the company. Knowing to a certain extent what you can expect the first day will help calm your nerves. And never be afraid to ask questions to your supervisor before you begin!

Related: 7 Things to Do on the First Day of a New Job

Congratulations on landing your new job! Bridging the gap between the interview and starting your new job is an exciting period, but it comes with its fair share of responsibility. We hope this advice helped you navigate the next steps of the process before your first day. And even more so, we hope this is the beginning of a great career for a bright future.

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About Kristen Fackler

Kristen Fackler

Kristen Fackler graduated from Elon University in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in English and Spanish. While at Elon, Kristen had the opportunity to complete a lot of writing and editing, two areas she's always been passionate about. At the Writing Center, Kristen worked as a consultant with peers and community members to improve their writing skills. She also worked as an editor of Visions, an environmental magazine published by Elon faculty and students. She spent a semester in Seville, Spain, where she kept a blog in Spanish and was published in más+menos*, a bilingual magazine completed by students and faculty members of the CIEE Study Center. Kristen has also written for Examiner and Suite101. She enjoys writing as much as possible.

 

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