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What to do after a ‘yes’

People often give advice on how to bounce back from rejection. You can check out our blog post ‘How to overcome rejection’ if you’re faced with a no.

But what about when you’re faced with a yes? What to do when you finally get the job?

Here’s a checklist to help you through the process!

1. Handing in your notice: if you’re already in employment you’ll need to give in your notice to your line manager/HR. You’ll need to have a discussion before submitting an email or letter. It’s best to leave on good terms, thanking them for the opportunity and wishing them all the best going forward.

2.Know what your notice period is: this is so you can let your new job know when you can start. You may want to factor in some time to take a break as well, before starting your new job or use up some annual leave. We’d always recommend only handing in your notice once your new position is 100% finalised.

3.Mentally prepare for your new role: keep up-to-date with the company and your specific department, so you can hit the ground running. Understand that you’ll be going into a new environment with new people, so get ready for a lot of new experiences. This should all be super exciting, but it’s best if you’re mentally prepared beforehand.

4.Work outfits: you may need to adapt to a new workplace culture where they dress differently. If you don’t know the dress code you can always ask, or if in doubt, better to go too formal, than too informal! It can be expensive to buy a whole new wardrobe, so you can always buy a few outfits just to get you started, and get more once you’ve judged the vibe.


5.Keep your old contacts: don’t forget about the friends and colleagues that you’ve made at your old job. It’s a small world! You can add people on Linkedin and/or pass on your professional contact details. You never know when you may meet again, and having a strong network is valuable.

Starting a new job can be so nerve-wracking, but just think, you’ve already got your foot in the door so they obviously think you’d be a great fit for their company. It’s a time to ask questions, be curious and look forward to a new learning curve, as you adapt to your new role. Good luck!