[This is Part 3 of Job-Hunt's Online Job Search Tutorial.]
You've Landed Your New Job! YEA!
Congratulations! Celebrate, and enjoy your success! Update your LinkedIn Profile with your new job title and employer name.
If someone has been helpful, send them a note to let them know that you have your new job and to thank them for their support. Stay in touch with them, if possible, and help them if you can. A solid personal network is better than the Internet for finding your next job!
Then, make your next job search easier by keeping your successful job search/career "foundation" alive.
It has taken a lot of effort to find and build and nurture your job search network. These are people and resources that may help you succeed in your new job, and now you can help them in their jobs or in their job searching.
These days, very few jobs are secure. So, now that you have established a good foundation, including an updated resume and online presence in the social networking sites, don't let it die. You don't want to start all over for the next job search.
And there will be a "next" job search. Count on it!
As a savvy networker, you'll want to help them any way you can, too. Remember the new networking mantra for the 21st century - WYGIWYG: What You Give Is What You Get!
Stay active and visible on LinkedIn:
These activities can help you be more successful in your current job, as well as laying the ground work for that next job search.
Your network will make your next job search easier, and you want to help them, too. So stay in touch.
Do your best to help the members of your network succeed. They may not all help you back, but you will find that many have in the past and will in the future, too. And those strong ties can help you both be more successful in the future, as your careers progress.
Keep your LinkedIn Profile up-to-date, highlighting your accomplishments and those of your employer. Maintain a list of accomplishments in your current job that will enable you to update your resume very quickly, if necessary.
Quantify those accomplishments -- dollars saved or sales made, percent of improvement (or savings or whatever), paying particular attention to important keywords like "profit" and "revenue."
Your LinkedIn Profile will actually help you do your job better, too, helping your employer succeed. You will also be able to learn new things, meet new people, find out about new technologies and competitors, stay ahead of (or at least even with) the competition, and more. And, fortunately, you will be better prepared should you need to launch another job search.
Focus on LinkedIn, currently the social network used most often by most professions for professional visibility. LinkedIn is also, of course, THE favorite network of recruiters.
Even if it's a horrble place to work, there must be something good about it or you wouldn't have accepted their job offer. So, find something positive to say about your employer and/or their products or services, and make that visible in LinkedIn.
Post updates about the organization (positive ones!), and also share something positive in your LinkedIn Profile Summary and also in the Work Experience section relevant to the employer. Maybe they are the "bigest CPA firm [or whatever] in the eastern suburbs" or "winner of the best [whatever] award."
Hopefully, your employer will be reassured that your LinkedIn participation isn't part of a job search, and you'll be spreading the word about how great they are. That will reflect well on you (currently and in the future), and will also enhance your value in the job market.
It will help you keep your network alive and well for next time
When you have your new job, check out the hints for maintaining your job search network for next time because this will probably not be your last job search...
Yes, it is a LOT of work to find a new job! There are very few true short cuts, but the Internet has increased the apparent size of the job market, automating the application process while also adding some new complications (like protecting your privacy). In a way, the Internet has made it more difficult to find a job. For more on job hunting, read the articles written by Job-Hunt's Job Search Experts on everything from resumes to networking to social media (particularly LinkedIn, of course), working with recruiters, successful job interviews, personal SEO, personal branding, and personal online reputation management.
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn.