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Determining A Start Date For Your New Job

Four Quick Tips To Consider Before Setting The Date

You’ve interviewed and been offered a new job. Congratulations! Now comes the next step where you and your future employer will determine your start date. Sometimes it’s as simple as them providing a date and you accepting. Other times it can be more complicated. When accepting a new job, here are a few key points to keep in mind:

  1. Notice period: If you are currently employed, you may need to give your employer a certain amount of notice before leaving. Check your employment contract or company policy to determine how much notice you need to give. Make sure to take this into account when deciding on a start date for your new job.

  2. Personal commitments: Consider any personal commitments you have, such as a planned vacation or family event, that might conflict with your start date. It's important to communicate these commitments with your new employer so that they can work with you to find a mutually agreeable start date.

  3. Company needs: If the company has a specific start date in mind, try to be flexible and accommodate their needs if possible. This shows that you are willing to work with the company and can be a good team player.

  4. Availability: Consider your own availability and readiness to start the new job. You may need time to wrap up things at your current job, or you may want to take some time off before starting your new role. Be honest with yourself about your availability and readiness, and communicate this with your new employer.

Overall, the most important thing when deciding on a start date is to communicate clearly with your new employer and take into account any personal or professional obligations that may impact your availability.


Blog written by Professional Project Partners Account Manager Ryan Gaffney.

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