Top Tips for Making a Smooth Career Transition

As America eases out of the recent recession, Atlanta’s 2014 job market is on the up-and-up. As America eases out of the recent recession, Atlanta’s 2014 job market is on the up-and-up. In fact, according to Going Global, Atlanta recently made Kiplinger’s list of ‘8 Cities with Surprising Job Growth,’ which targeted metro areas of at least 1 million people. The report cited Atlanta’s size and economic diversity, predicting 180,000 new jobs for the region over the next five years.

where_are_jobsThis means many veteran professionals whose roots have been firmly planted at companies for years are finding new career opportunities. Job transitions can be tough for anyone – especially seasoned managers. Being the “new kid on the block” can have its challenges, but here are the Top 4 practices ExecuSource’s career experts compiled to help make the transition easier.

  • Take time to adapt to the new office culture
    • This probably is not going to happen overnight, and that’s okay. It can be hard to let go of your old company’s practices. Just make sure to give things a try. For example, coming in early or staying late to get a feel for what the rest of the office does.
  • Get to know your new team and let them get to know you
    • Even if you’ve been in the field for many years you’d be surprised at how much you can learn from both your younger and older colleagues. Talk to them about their experience in the industry and what they want to achieve. You can also share stories about when you first started out or how you overcame a challenge.
  • Know about your predecessor, but be yourself
    • As a veteran professional, chances are you will be taking on a leadership role. Even though you are new, don’t be afraid to be a manager. Let your employees know what your expectations are. Understand, however, that they are comfortable with a certain way of doing things and it may take some time to adjust. If you know how your predecessor handled things, you’re one step ahead of tackling a situation.
  • Have a game plan
    • Most importantly, have a game plan. Any new job can be stressful and even the most veteran professionals need to be prepared. By planning out a strategy guide for your first month or so on the job, you can have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. 

As a top Atlanta recruitment firm that focuses on finance, accounting and IT talent, we are always on the lookout for openings in the job market. If you find yourself in the position of searching for a new career we can be there for you. Follow @Execu_Source on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn and visit today.


Micheal Johnson, senior vice president