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Preparing for your new job!

Congratulations – you’ve got the job! Just like completing your degree or qualifying as a solicitor, this is a huge hurdle and one that needs to be celebrated. But once the initial excitement has passed, there is still so much more to do, including:

• Returning the paperwork to your new employer. Whilst an offer has been made, the firm will still come to their own conclusions as to your efficiency, time management and diligence. Nothing looks worse than forgetting or misplacing the documents; why jeopardise the offer that you have?! • Handing your notice in – again, it is important to do this in a timely fashion. Your new employer will want you to join as soon as possible, and as many employers are now holding their employees to the full term of their notice, you don’t want to delay with this. It’s not the nicest thing to do, but it’s important to remember why you started looking. Remind yourself of the big picture, take a deep breath and ask for the meeting with your manager. • If you have a longer notice period, it’s well received to remain in touch with your new firm/new manager. It may be that they will want you to attend firm events in the run-up to you joining, or maybe you could pop in for a coffee/after work drink at some point. In any case, keep in touch with your recruitment consultant as well – it may be that you have a couple of questions etc and we will always do our best to help resolve these. • Starting your new job – the time has finally come! Unless you have been told otherwise, wear office formal. It’s always best to be too formal rather than too casual on your first day. First impressions will always count – and it will put you in the right mindset for the day. • And finally – enjoy! You’ve worked hard to get this job, enjoy the new challenge that it offers.

This list is by no means comprehensive – but it provides a steer as to what may need to do. The key thing to remember though is that if you have any questions or causes for concern, call your recruiter. We at BCL Legal can help you through each step and will also be around to speak to once you have joined your new firm. At BCL Legal we strive to build long-term relationships with our candidates, we aim to be consultative and most of all, we are actually approachable, likable people!

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