Hooray! Warmest congratulations on your new job. It is simply fantastic that you are here now, and you must stop to pat yourself on the back. Yes, you got some help along the way, but you - and only you - are responsible for getting this job. So rejoice and be proud of your hard work. Enjoy the next few days or weeks before you start your new adventure, and take it easy on yourself.
There are some things you need to do to wrap up your job hunt, and also some things you need to do moving forward to help you succeed on this new job, and also in the rest of your career. Let's run through these things quickly for you.
This is such exciting news, you really must share it! Let your intimate network know that you have found and accepted a job. Go call them, and then come back! This is much too great to keep to yourself.
Wasn’t that fun?
Yes, every single person you spoke to during your search should hear the wonderful news. Send a short note to your entire network, letting them know that you have landed somewhere new and thanking them all for their assistance! It would be great to send another email out to your network once you start at your new employer (maybe one or two weeks in) and give them your new work contact information.
Here are some sample emails announcing the fabulous news.
Do something nice for those few people who really hung in there with you, introduced you to other people or went out of their way to help you. I am serious.
Your champions were there for you throughout your job hunt and it is time to thank them for their time and commitment. You know who they are. Your gift does not have to be expensive, but it should be thoughtful. If you are short on cash, cook a nice dinner (why not invite them all at the same time to help you celebrate?) or give a handwritten card, along with home-baked cookies. You really should do something extra special for them. It is not the price that matters. It is the recognition and the thoughtfulness.
There are three reasons why these announcements are so important: