Career management should be as high in priority as your own financial management and planning. My philosophy as an executive career management practitioner is, the day you land your job is the day you start your next job search. That may seem tough and may frighten some people, but I am a realistic coach. All jobs today are temporary. There is no such thing as a permanent appointment. Your company can decide to terminate you at any time. And they do, in high numbers, each week, in every country across the world. Tenure is tenuous. It can be long or short. Tenure can be comfortable and it can be scary.
Here are some of the things you need to do after you land.
#1. Update your resume with your new employer and position title.
#2. Amend your LinkedIn profile with your up-to-date employer and position title.
#3. Thank all those who helped you with your job search and share details with them about your new employer and the company mandate.
#4. Network. Yes, did I say that word? Didn’t you network enough during your job search? Well, you can never network enough. You don’t need to network as much as you did, however, don’t drop off the face of the earth and stop networking. You need to continue to build a defined and targeted network and give as much as you take.
#5. Search for areas to advance your education, both in the workplace and externally in academic institutions. Often, an employer might contribute financially to your skill development.
#6. Look for opportunities where you can become a thought leader in your new place of employment, industry, or both. Industry associations have conferences and they are always looking for speakers. What a great way to enhance your profile when you speak at a conference.
#7. Collaborate with your new peers and build productive rapport and relationships. Don’t be in the closet and hide. Be overt, be a contributor and be willing to help when requested.
Congratulations on your new job! Remember to keep YOUR career management at the forefront of your mind.