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12/13/08
Hit The Ground Running (Part 2)
Filed under: Career, Performance, New Job
Posted by: John Hadley @ 10:31 am

OK, you’ve let everyone know about your success, your new contact information, and generally ensured that they will continue to be valued members of your network going forward.  What’s next?

Now you want to start making the best possible impression at the new job.  One way to do that even before you start is to reach out to your new boss and ask about coming in to meet key members of your new work group BEFORE your first day on the job. 

Think about it.  Most candidates relax once they accept an offer, and use the time until their start date getting everything else in their lives in order.  You have a clear opportunity to stand out just by going in to visit during that period.

Imagine the signal this sends to your new employer!  You are showing yourself to be particularly eager to get to work, to meet everyone, and to start making a real contribution to the operations.  Even if your boss turns down the opportunity, just the fact that you reached out this way starts him or her thinking that you are a real go-getter. 

When you talk to your boss, you can ask about information you could read to get a head start on integrating into the new operation:

Think of it this way:  Once you start the job, you are going to be making a long series of first impressions with people at your new job.  What better way is there to enable you to make the most of those than by jumping in ahead of time (or at least offering to) and showing what a self-starter you are?

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