Preparing for a new job

Preparing for a new job
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Exciting news, I have a new job! I’ve been working in digital agencies for nearly five years now and an opportunity came up a few months ago to interview for an in house role. Though I wasn’t actively looking, I knew that I wanted a new challenge at some point in 2019, it was just sooner rather than later. I was aware that my inbox on LinkedIn had recruiter inmails dropping into it fairly regularly but it was a chance conversation which led to a pretty dreamy opportunity.

Over two and a half months of notice period later and I’m about to start a whole new adventure as the Digital Content and Social Media Manager for an alcohol brand based right here in Yorkshire. I don’t affiliate my blog with my work (as I don’t want to compromise the opportunities I have!) so I’m keeping schtum on the brand name, but I’m excited, really excited. It should be a very gin-teresting role, if you know what I mean.

When it comes to getting a new role, it is an absolute whirlwind of emotions so I wanted to share my tips for job hunting, interviewing and moving onto pastures new.

Don’t let yourself feel pressured by a recruiter
At the end of the day, they have their commission at heart, not your wellbeing. Sorry. Not. Sorry. A good recruiter will work to get you into the right role knowing that they’ll get more business from the company if they send the best candidates. A bad recruiter thinks in the short term and will try and push you into a role knowing they’ll get the dollar there and then if you get and accept the job. I interviewed for a different role that I had a lot of reservations about simply because I felt under pressure to and my feedback on why I wasn’t right for the role was exactly the same as that of the interviewer. I went through a different recruiter for the role I’m moving into and she was keen to make sure I was absolutely comfortable with the role as it’s about creating a longer term partnership with both candidate and client.

Notice periods can be a nightmare
But it’s not an opportunity to switch off. Yes, you’ll get paid whether you go above or beyond or do the bare minimum but if you’re leaving a big company in an industry where everyone knows each other, nobody wants to be remembered as the person who left behind a shitstorm.

Time your departure
Factor in things like finishing on a Friday if you want to do convenient leaving drinks (I left the first Friday after payday meaning everyone wanted to go out anyway), taking your things home in advance so you’re not lugging around the contents of your desk on said night out and be prepared for everyone to put dibs in on what they want – I had people claiming my desk (I had a window seat), laptop (as it was a newer one with a touchscreen) and stationary well before I left the building.

Then practice your arrival
A test run on your new commute is vital! During my week off, I’ll be dragging myself out of bed to time a rush hour drive through to my new office to see how long it takes and how much petrol it requires. I want to make sure I’m there early doors on my first day anyway (as I cannot even consider risking being late, I’m too much of a control freak).

Take some time out
If you can (and can afford to if you don’t have any annual leave to take), take some time out between jobs. This was my biggest regret during my last job move as I went from finishing on a Friday to a hungover Saturday, back out on the Sunday then starting a new job with a marginally smaller hangover on the Monday. It was a killer. This time, I’m taking a week off to have a bit of a staycation – I have plans for most of my week off but there’s still going to be time for a significant mental health break.

Be a cliché and reinvent yourself
You don’t have to go full on rebrand but when you spend a lot of your time at work, if you want to set the tone and start new habits that align with your new routine, go for it. For me, I’ve had a wardrobe update as I’ll be driving to work instead of doing a 20 minute walk so I don’t have to worry about being sweaty by the time I get into the office. It also means being able to wear my hair down more (curly hair is like one big insulator on the hottest part of your body). It’s the little things that bring me all the joy!

Mentally prepare
You don’t realise how well you know your colleagues until you’re without them and making friends all over again. Be prepared to feel a little lost for the first few weeks, take a book if you’re not sure what your lunch plans will be and remember that everyone was new at one point and you’ll find your feet soon enough!

So, that’s how I’ve handled moving jobs, what do you think? Do you find it super stressful or do you go with the flow? Let me know in the comments.

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