GREAT NEWS! I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!
So, what should you be doing now for your future?
You are floating on air. The "roller coaster" has stopped at the
station and your long ride has come to a successful end with a
great opportunity ahead of you. The world is good once again.
But while you are waiting to start, what should you be doing
for yourself, to get ready, to be ready for any "next time"?
This is the time to start securing all the hard work you put into your Resume, your
Business Car design, your networking contact lists, people who supported you during
your challenging transition period and many other things.
This is the time to also thank all of those who helped you through this period, letting
people know your good news versus hiding it from everyone. This section is to help
you begin the process of gratitude and preparation for your new job and the next one.
The average job lasts 3.7 years ... you will experience a change again.
STEP 0: BENEFITS
Benefits are often a meaningful part of your compensation and may start
"Day 1". Ideally you requested Benefits information and costs in advance
allowing for higher than expected benefit costs or lower than expected
coverage and limits to be discussed during negotiations.
Having reviewed and understood the offerings in advance is smart as this
can be a time consuming activity involving multiple questions. Make sure
the policy does not include any "preexisting conditions" so that if you have
a bad sinus condition on Day 1 we're advised to "endure it for a few weeks".
This leaves more time Day 1 to being meeting dozens of people you have
no prayer of remembering their names for at least a week or what they do
or their role in relation to yours.
Confirm that if you have the signed paperwork on Day 1 or e-mailed or
faxed in advance of Day 1 that you will have coverage on Day 1. Some
policies have a "delay date" possibly to insure you don't die of some horrible
preexisting condition the first few days.
Once companies required a pre-employment physical; those days are no
more. Your policy may include a free annual "Wellness Check", and thus if
you have not had a physical it may be a good time to schedule that with the
start of your benefits.
Some employers have turned to one pharmacy to provide all prescriptions
plus serve as the prescription coverage insurance carrier. This can bring
benefits but keep options open such as using free HealthCards for your
prescriptions as the cost may be lower than if obtained through your
prescription coverage rates. Prescriptions fills are generally limited to 30
day SUPPLY versus 90 day under insurance however the savings may be
higher in using the free HealthCard program on a 30 day refill basis.
Ask any general what you do once peace has broken out, and you may find
they talk about being ready for the next time. They know thee will be a
next time because that is the nature of life. Unless you are financially set
for Retirement, you may face another job loss. Learn from the insights of
a General and begin preparing your tools and identify your loyal troops.
Your best planning is done after a battle is won as the knowledge of what
worked and what did not work is fresh in your memory. The tools you have
are fresh on your mind and at your fingertips to be refreshed to fix areas
that did not work well and store them for your next campaign. As you look
back this insight, this information, your acquired knowledge required many
weeks. Having this ready to use will save you valuable time later whether
you are involuntary or voluntarily separated.
Many people have to work into their retirement years. Some can't withdraw
from the challenge of work and seek continued employment as an emploee
or contractor for the pleasure or added financial security. Either way, this
section offers ideas to prepare you for what is next which ever route you
select or are moved towards.
Build Your Archives
Looking back, you have created a large number of high value documents for
another job search if needed or wanted, and information and examples that
could help someone later start faster and better in their job search. Good
work should always be recognized and retained where possible.
Your Search Archives should include the following:
- your Master Resume that included all the great things you did so
you could quickly reduce it to what an employer was wanting to find
- your list of Accomplishment Statements with information behind each
to refresh your memory on the incredible story of what you achieved
- your Networking Tracking documents showing all those who helped
and guided you to additional contacts for help along with everyone's
- contacts developed at the various companies you reach into, those in
HR you communicated with and hiring manager you engaged with as
you may want to revisit those at some future date
- strengths that others saw and favorably commented on that are in you,
especially in the soft skills - keep note of who made what comment
Your Search People Archives should include the following:
- networking tracking document containing the names and full contact
information of everyone you talked to about your career transition.
This includes any referrals made, contacts given and outcomes of any
information or assistance offered, last dates of contact and for what as
this is an incredible launching pad for your next job search plus you
can see who was highly productive for you and those who were not
- solid dependable support people who offered themselves to you
without precondition or expected loyalty and thus are true friends
- The CT Groups connections of those you developed a relationship
with, assisted or advised each other as these are additional
opportunities to network with again
- those you passed on job opportunities to and offered assistance
should they need some as these people, if they landed a company you
gave them information on, are likely to be friends for life with you
Your Working Development documents should include the following:
- areas of weakness said about you to potentially build those up in your
next position to further round yourself out as a very strong candidate
- areas of personal development you are interested in whether it is a
soft or hard skill that can be developed/improved through books,
classes at a community or full college night courses ... your new
employer may pay the costs to further enhance your company value
STEP 2: SEND YOUR THANKS
Whether it was one person or a thousand and one, you received help from
one or more people who may never have known you before and they took
time from their life and job to offer you assistance, guidance or other types
of aid to help you achieve a very important objective: get employed. For
such a great gesture of kindness extended, you are as a good person,
obligated to return the kindness if for no other reason than a simple
expression of gratitude. This simple act communicates a very strong
message yet so many feel little to no obligation or even think of it.
Send Your Thanks
Without question, those who provided aid and assistance should and must
be recognized for their help that help you reach your goal for you and
who depend upon you. Few of us have an opportunity to contribute to a
life changing event and this is one of them. You don't need to send flowers
or anything beyond an elegant simple Thank You card with a simple note of
thanks and appreciation written in your hand for the generous gift of their
time, encouragement and advising the provided. While simple in form and
content the level of appreciation will be felt even by the toughest person.
In the crazy chaotic world we live in, this is something that lasts a lifetime.
Often it is the simple, easy to do, low cost actions people can make that
leave the greatest and longest positive impression we can give to another.
STEP 3: ALIGNING FAMILY FOCUS
The much awaited good news has arrived due to focus, committment and
never accepting defeat in a worthy battle. With some time to destress and
get your head aligned with your coming new world, there are some areas
should consider acting on.
1. Set Family Expense Expectations
By now your immediate and extended family members have heard the
great news of your landing. A job seperation is still an emotional and
financial impact so while this is the time for celebration it is also a time
to align expectations within the family on the changes that will come.
Financial impacts will gradually improve but the new income may still
require close management if the net income falls below prior income and projectable expenses are not comparable.
Example: Hopefully your new job includes full medical, hospitalization,
dental, prescriptions, life, disability, long term disability,
vision and other benefits from the prior job. The costs of this
can easily be presented on one sheet of paper. The variable is
what are the actual coverage and resulting costs.
Commute costs may change for the better or worse due to
distances, need to use toll roads, charges or increased costs
parking, increased upkeep and vehicle maintenance costs plus
added insurance as more miles are put on the vehicle.
You may find the family doctor is now $75 per visit versus $40
from the last visit. Prescriptions may be more, along with all
or many of the other covered costs and possibly higher levels
of deductibles or maximum benefits caps. You can obtain the
specifics from your Human Resources contact and compare
them to your prior plan. This ideally would have been done
before negotiations should differences be significant and if
the company or hiring manager is open to adjustment.
Differences in pay, hours and benefit costs and coverages can
steel the excitement of a new job. Have a good knowledge of
what your programs are today to plan dollars accordingly.
2. Set Expectations on the new Job Holder's Time
Rarely is a new job just like the old job which may have an impact on the
time available to the rest of the family. Expected hours may be longer.
Week-end and holiday pay may no longer apply. Overtime meal budgets
may not exist. Travel may go from never to 50% or more. This can be a
hard thing for a spouse and especially younger children. The discussion
needs to be held to explain what will happen and the possibilities of what can be done that is positive. This can include the desire to bring small gifts back to the children and have a learning experience on what the city was, the features, some pictures or post cards, etc.
A major project may be part of the new job which potentially will require hours well beyond the sometimes mythical 40 hour work week. In some companies compensation time may be available but could involve a set of conditions to be involved which could exclude this opportunity.
3. Set Expectations on Job Holder's Stress
Walking into a new job is stressful enough along with trying to remember where the restrooms, your desk and the parking lot are at. The addition of more stress can being to show and impact the rest of the family. To help others be aware of this helps minimize the additional stress brought by expected time with the Job Holder that is no longer available which is an impact to both those expecting the time and the Job Holder.
Most new hires after six months will be amazed at what they have learned in that time period and that their comfort level has risen. But the first two to three months can be emotionally challenging to some.
Travel to and from work may change in both commute departure and arrival but also time in transit due to changing locations and incidents on the roads. This can negatively impact sleep time leaving the employee less attentive or create a mental distraction while driving. Fortunately the body is good at adjusting to these changes after a short period of time.
STEP 4: KEY OFFICE LOCATIONS
Parking location, costs vs. free, shuttles for larger facilities
After hours parking arrangements
Appropriate entrance for employees and visitors
After hours access requirements and guest requirements
Location for key items:
- your desk
- managers office/desk
- office supplies
- support numbers of telephone, computer, etc.
- issued equipment: laptop, monitor, cell phone, cube, chair, etc.
- meeting rooms
- cafeteria or break rooms, refrig, microwaves, massage therapists
- rules of the building including eating at desk, clean desk policies, etc.
- normal office hours
- restricted or off-limits areas
- procedure for lost items, equipment, badges, etc.
- emergency procedures and contacts
- where other team members sit at
- mail room
- copy machines and any codes required
- fax machines and any codes required
- cube phone number, voice mail setup, forwarding setup
STEP 5: TEAM AND KEY LEADERS