Shutting Down Your Job Search

Shutting Down Your Job Search

After researching resume tips, beating out the competition and likely enduring multiple - possibly virtual - interviews, you have finally accepted an offer. But before you celebrate, don't forget to tie up loose ends by taking the appropriate steps to shut down your job search.

Demonstrating professional courtesy is imperative to maintaining business relationships when resigning or turning down a job or counteroffer at a company. Communicate your decision after you accept an offer to save time in the long run, prevent any miscommunications and send the right message to your new employer about your commitment to your new role.

Follow these four steps to ensure you are on the path to a successful transition into your new position.

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1. Deactivate with recruiting agencies

One of the first steps you can take is to communicate your offer acceptance to any recruiters that you have been working with. Depending on your relationship with the recruiter, you can decide whether an email or phone call seems appropriate. However, keep in mind that phone calls may open the door for unsolicited advice or pressure to continue your job search with them. With 63% of recruiters citing talent shortage to be their biggest problem, chances are they will be a little disappointed. So keep it simple - clear communication is key to ensure you are effectively closing out your search while maintaining a positive professional relationship.


2. Pull out of other interview activity

You will need to withdraw your application for other interview activity and gracefully turn down other offers on the table. Send an email to the hiring mangers you were in process with to express your appreciation for their interest and let them know that you have accepted another offer.

While it can sometimes feel hard to pull out of an interview for the fear of burning any bridges, ultimately employers and agencies appreciate transparency above all else and will be grateful that you didn’t waste their time. Demonstrating professional courtesy will be appreciated by these hiring managers and could benefit you in the future through the maintained relationship. 



3. Remove your profile from job boards

With about 50% of hires coming from career sites, it’s likely that you’ve posted your resume on a job board. Leaving your resume up will not only lead to continued solicitation emails and phone calls, but could also signal to your new employer that you are not committed to your new role if they were to discover your active profile. Eliminate this threat by simply removing your resume from all job board sites. 

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4. Change your status on LinkedIn

Similarly, if you previously changed your status on LinkedIn to 'Open to Opportunities,' now is the time to remove that status from your profile. If you feel the time is right, you can also announce your new role to your network by updating your title with your newly accepted position. Once you have crossed off all the items on this checklist, you can now confidently begin your new role without being tied to your prior job search. 

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