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Tips for Shutting Down Your Job Search

You’ve accepted a new job. Now what?

After all the “Congratulations!” have passed, it’s time to think about shutting down your search.

Sure, you could just ignore recruiter calls and employer emails, but you might need those relationships again one day, and you never know when that might be.

Whether you were in the IT job market for years, months, or just a few short weeks, it’s important to close one chapter in your life before starting a new one. To avoid burning bridges, take the proper steps to ensure you’ve shut down your job search appropriately.

Taking your resume down from job sites isn’t hard. Neither is changing the status on your social networking sites. But there is more to wrapping up your job search than you may initially think. Keep these tips in mind to make certain you’ve tied up all the loose ends:

Inform the Right People

Think about all the people you reached out to for help with your job search. You probably enlisted family members, friends and former coworkers, for starters. Let these people know about your new job first, and enjoy the kudos for a search well done.Next, make a list of all the recruiters, business contacts and networking groups you need to update.

Calling personal and professional contacts after you’ve made a decision to accept an opportunity may feel uncomfortable or unnecessary when you’re eager to move on to your new job. Think of that call or email as a courtesy: you wouldn’t want someone to offer your name as a prospective candidate when you’ve already accepted another position.

Preserve the relationship by thanking them for their assistance, and leave the door open to continue to work together in the future. Consider saying, “I really appreciate you introducing me to XYZ Company but I have found another opportunity which is a better match to my goals.” Be gracious and express appreciation. And remember the golden rule: always be professional.

Withdraw Your Candidacy

If you were in an extended or very active job search, you were probably under consideration at a few different companies. Do them a favor and email your contacts at the companies you were in the process of interviewing with to let them know you’re no longer in the running.

Express your appreciation for their interest and tell them you have accepted a new job. Do this out of courtesy! It’s very frustrating for a hiring manager to be surprised when they call a candidate to follow-up on someone they think is an active candidate, only to discover they’re already in a new job.

Keep that positive connection and create goodwill for future opportunities by being proactive and notifying them that your status has changed. This level of professionalism will be remembered, and it may benefit you in the long run.

Send an e-mail to all the recruiters and agencies you were working with, informing them you have accepted a new position. Don’t expect an agency that was actively promoting you to let you go easily; but if the opportunity is a true fit for your criteria, a recruiter with integrity will be pleased for you!

Go Online: Update Social Media and Job Boards

Lastly, don’t forget to take your resume off all job boards and websites, or turn your status to inactive. If you leave your profiles up and active it could indicate to your new employer that you may still be looking, which is not an ideal first impression.

Remember social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook where you may have posted a profile or status update about your search. Share the good news about your new position, and add your new job to your profiles.

By taking the time to provide closure to your job search, you’re giving yourself the best opportunity for a new beginning. You’ve most likely put in a lot of hard work to land this new position. So relax, give yourself a pat on the back, and treat yourself before starting your first day.

Image by Sasha Wolff via Flickr.

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