Making changes on the old employment front? Inspired by one of our own, we've got our handy guide on what to do and what not to do in both leaving and starting.
The author of this article was actually working her last day today before she moves on to greener pastures. And with that, dear reader, we have our first don't.
Don't trashtalk your current job while still working. Obviously, the above is a joke, but seriously. If you're leaving with bad blood, it may seem so hard to resist but rise above and leave in a dignified manner.
Do make sure you leave handovers for people taking over your work, especially if you were doing something rather tricky. You might be moving on, but your colleagues or your replacement will have to take over the workload and it's worth being a nice person. Equally, you might just be a type A neurotic control freak who's written entire handbooks for how to do your work.
That's great but...don't overdo it. Just the right amount of detail will do!
Do spam the old LinkedIn button if you want to stay in touch with your network (and remember to endorse people!).
Don't burn bridges. Again, alluding to the above point, it is worth being the better person rather than kamikazeing any professional relationships you've made.
Do remember to save over any important emails from your inbox if you want to be able to access them. Your account will get shut down eventually, such is the way of life, so don't leave it too late.
Don't slack during your notice. Yeah okay you're leaving, but that doesn't mean you need to stop working so hard. You owe it to yourself and your colleagues to do your job as expected.
Do organise a leaving do or drinks - that is, if you don't work remotely. Or if you do, plan to do something the next time you see each other.
Do give yourself some time off between jobs. Whether it's a few days or a few weeks, you deserve some time off if you can afford it. Go on holiday (even if for one night!), visit friends, or just take a week to slob. Ain't nobody judging here!
Don't forget to hand in your notice in a timely fashion.
Do give yourself some time to decompress. You've got a chance to reset your work-life balance if you tended a bit towards being a workaholic. Whether that's taking a breather from social media, or the above break away, it's worth doing.
And now, moving to starting a new job...
Do make sure you dress neutrally on your first day if you aren't too sure of the dress code. It's a good rule of thumb that it's better to be overdressed than underdressed, but don't overdo it. Put something that could be smart, but not too smart and then see how other people are dressed and go from there.
Don't stress too much about it beforehand. Even if you're like me and want to know everything to prepare yourself in advance, you will be starting off as a newbie and that's fine. Nobody's expecting you to know how things work and you'll be trained your first few days.
Do check out how long your commute will take. I like to always plan for delays and be on the earlier side, which is something worth taking into account on your first day.
Don't worry about not retaining information. You'll get a lot of new information on your first day, which might be a bit overwhelming.
So do take a notebook to jot things down if you feel you might forget things.
Don't forget to bring things along to make your desk yours: stationary, a mug, even a potted plant! Maybe give it a few days to get used to the office first, of course.
Do think of icebreakers if you're a bit of a nervous person and want to get to know your colleagues rather than just whispering brief one-word answers to questions. Alternatively, use the icebreakers your generous ex-colleagues gifted you to make sure you make a good impression.
Do skip the first icebreaker question, especially if it's 'Would you rather always have gas or bad breath?'. True story, that's the first one I have in my pack - maybe leave that for close and enduring friendships rather than scaring off new colleagues.
Do try and remember names, although don't
stress if you don't get it right the first time round.
There are probably more to go on, but as I hadn't technically started a new job just yet, I'm afraid readers will have to provide suggestions in the comments.