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Give Thanks and Get Onboard!

A recent survey conducted by TheLadders found more than 75% of interviewers say receiving a thank you note impacts their decision-making process. Click here for eight expert tips on making the most out of every word.

 

If you are selected for the position — CONGRATS! Whether you’ve accepted a new job, moved departments in your current company or received a promotion, remember, your first 90 days are an extension of the interview process.

 

Follow these onboarding tips to make a smooth transition now and any other time you enter a new team:

 

BEFORE YOUR FIRST DAY…

 

  • DON'T BURN BRIDGES: Be a model employee during your final days in the “old” office. Keep all communication (including your resignation letter) professional and thoughtful. Ease the transition for the colleagues you’re leaving behind because it’s a small world, and you never know when your paths may cross in the future.

 

YOUR FIRST WEEK…

 

  • MAKE FRIENDS: Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Befriend a veteran of the group who can help you quickly acclimate to the new environment by learning the unofficial rules and company language.
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  • SET EXPECTATIONS: Learn what is expected of you over the first 30, 60 and 90 days on the job. Use this information to set goals.

 

YOUR FIRST MONTH…

 

  • DEMONSTRATE AND DOCUMENT: Take charge of a project you know you can deliver on, and make sure that you do! Record your successes as soon as you start your new role to make preparing for your reviews (and updating your resume) easy.
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  • FIND A MENTOR: Introduce yourself to your new team and clients — doing so can help you identify potential mentors who can help you navigate corporate politics and bolster your career.

 

Good luck and remember to follow my weekly column at Ask Amanda and on Twitter for up-to-the-minute job-search advice. In the meantime, here's a quick recap of our best tips from this Challenge to keep for your next job search!

Give Thanks and Get Onboard!

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MEET YOUR COACH

AMANDA AUGUSTINE is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders, the online job-matching service for career-driven professionals. In addition to being a brand ambassador and spokesperson, she pens a weekly career advice column, Ask Amanda, which is shared with more than 5 million job seekers. Amanda has devoted almost three years to testing various job-search techniques for providing unique insights to millions of job-seeking men and women. Learn more about Amanda.

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