Occasionally there will be changes to your life that are profound. Graduations, getting married, having a baby. All of these are life changing events. And so is landing your next job. The unknown becomes known. The uncertainty about what’s going to happen is over. Your confidence level is high. Life is good!
At this moment, remembering how you got here may be a blur. But your success can be a model for others to land their dream job. So, let’s review what you did.
First, the most important thing was to have a written plan. Your Six Second Plan™ included time for many different activities. You scheduled time to network, to use the internet, to go to job fairs. You scheduled family time and alone time. You gave yourself permission to work on the big picture. You were organized, keeping your notes in one place, always ready for a phone call. You kept an even keel, not getting too excited when the phone rang, and not getting to disappointed when it didn’t. You worked your plan every day.
When you had face-to-face interviews, you did your homework. You Googled the company, the industry, and found out all you could about their business and their culture. You were relaxed during the interview, knowing it was just a conversation between two people.
At the end of the interview, you had questions that you had prepared in advance and questions you wrote down during the interview because you brought a notepad and asked permission. You might not remember, but asking permission was a great way to get the hiring manager “on your side.”
Once it became clear you were their first choice, you finalized your salary research. You knew the market value of your work and had a salary range in mind that was fair to the company and you. And you knew how to professionally leave your old job, so you didn’t burn any bridges.
Your orientation is scheduled for next Tuesday and you are ready to go. Since you asked questions about how your success would be measured in your first 90 days, you have a clear roadmap to success. And it feels great.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Remember, cherish this life changing experience and celebrate.