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You Could Be Behind on Your First Day: Best Practices Before Starting a New Position

Starting a new job means stepping into new responsibilities; however, your tasks start long before your first day in your office. Spring is a season of renewal, and for many that means a job transition. Dr. David Perlmutter breaks down specific tasks (such as sending thank- you notes, establishing connections with associates, and reading employer manuals) as well as vital objectives. He notes, for example,

More academic leaders fail because of "fit" than because of incompetence at executing day-to-day labors like planning or budgeting. Now is the time — before you are actually on the job — to familiarize yourself with the timeline and trends of the institution and the particular unit you will lead.

It is essential to prepare for a new position holistically and thoroughly to have a successful outcome. Read more of his valuable insights here.