You Got A New Job! Now What? Here's What!

We talk so much about what to do if you are looking for work, but what about after you get the job?

Consider these 5 actions to take after accepting your new position.

1. Give thanks. Someone, somehow helped you get this new job. Thank her. Thank them. Thank them profusely. Make them proud of you and ecstatic to be part of your "team". Except for a little bit of your time, it doesn't cost anything to make someone feel really good about helping you. Giving those helpers a lot of public credit and praise will encourage others to do even more for you the next time you need a helping hand.

2. Give back. You got the job; now help someone else do the same thing. There are many people out there looking for work as well. Help one of them with a reference, lead, or insight. Just like giving thanks, giving help is always a high return investment. Do it enough and someday you may find yourself on the receiving end of the help boomerang when you need it most.

3. Network. "What do you mean network? I already have a new job." Yes, but over the last several years we learned that many people 1) didn't have a professional network, 2) didn't understand what it meant to have a professional network, and 3) didn't know how to network. (They thought calling your friends and asking for a job was networking. No, that is called begging your friends to job hunt for you.) Build professional relationships now. Actively seek to meet new people, stay in touch with past co-workers and peers, and help them be successful in their endeavors. Help others do well and they will come back to help you someday.

4. Become more valuable. Here are two (of many) reasons why millions of good people have struggled to find meaningful work since 2008: 1) their current skills don't match current job openings, and 2) companies found cheap, new technology that allowed them to maintain production with fewer humans. You have got to learn something that is valuable.

Want to become invaluable? You've got to learn something that is valuable. Simply answering a phone isn't a very valuable skill. However, knowing how to fix the machine that answers the phone is valuable work. So is making a sale after answering the phone!

5. Start planning now for the next big problem. There will always be one. Right before the Great Recession, 13 million people were doing just fine, and through no fault of their own, lost their job without any real warning. Many of them were caught off guard. Were you one of them? Even if you weren't, don't let yourself be put in that position. What should you do to strengthen your economic safety? Here are a few of my favorites: get more formal education, learn a new high demand work skill, pay off your debt, clean up your credit report and grow your score, and create a written back up plan.