As business improves, firms are making a lot of new hires in every practice. While you can breathe easier once you've secured your next job, you must look back and ahead to make the transition as smooth as possible.
First of all, I always tell candidates to review their current benefits once they take a new job and meet with their current HR people to determine whether they need to take advantage of COBRA and possible payout for unused vacation. They should also make sure they can roll over their 401(k)s.
I suggest taking a week off between jobs so you can decompress, enjoy some personal time, and come into your new position refreshed and ready.
On the first day of your new job, come in organized, with a few small reminders of home to make you feel comfortable in your new environment. Take notes every day for the first few weeks to remember who handles what and how to do basic operational activities.
Most of all, enjoy the experience. You have the opportunity to meet new people and discover new approaches to what you love doing.
Cathleen Graham is SVP of recruiting at Ruder Finn.
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