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Your New Job

Updated 09/06/2016

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.

                   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
          contact information

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
assisted or advised each other as these are additional
          opportunities to 
network with again

      -  those you passed on job opportunities to and offered assistance
they need some as these people, if they landed a company you
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
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


   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. 


  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.  

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
-  restrooms
-  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