As some of you may or may not know, I'm new here with the SEP team, having just started last week. So by this time I'm definitely overdue for sending out my first post!

There's a lot to digest when you move to a new position, and sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming to absorb a new culture, get to know new people, and figure out where your desk is and how to find the washroom. So it's no wonder that sometimes the finer details of moving to a new job can sometimes be lost in the craziness of figuring everything else out.

4 Relation Building To Do's in Your New Job

That's why I thought I'd share with you the top 4 tasks that need to be done within the first few days of moving from one Internet marketing position to a new one.

4 Relation Building To Do's in Your New Job

1. Touch Base With Your Network

There's never a better excuse to touch base with your network than when you move positions.

Reach out to people and let them know you've moved positions and take the opportunity to renew relationships with people you haven't contacted in a while. Changing jobs is one of those times that LinkedIn can come in really, really handy - you can email all of your contacts and drop them a quick note to let them know you're in a new position. You can open conversations with people you haven't spoken to in a while, which can help you strengthen your professional relationships over time.

Moving positions is a great reason to reach out and refresh old friendships and contacts.

This is by far the most important task that needs to be done when changing positions, and probably should be started within a day or so of starting your new position.

2. Update Your Social Sites Twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, etc

They all need to be updated with your new information and position. Let people know where to find you and you may be able to drive visitors to your new site as well as chat with old friends.

Like most Internet marketers you probably have more accounts than you remember signing up for, but at least update the most important accounts.

3. Blog on Your New Site Yes, like this.

Introduce yourself and let people know you're available.

Even if you're nervous about writing that first blog post, it's important to write and let people know who you are. Some of the readers on your new company blog may not know who you are, so it's important to introduce yourself.

4. Update Your Email Signature

Consider updating the email signature on your personal account to let people know where you are now.

In Gmail you can add/change your signature in Settings > General in the Signature box.

Hi, I'm Helen Overland

To put my money where my mouth is, I guess I should probably introduce myself to those of you who don't know anything about me...

I've been an Internet marketer since mid-2000, which means next summer I'll have been doing this for a decade (how did that happen??).

I've worked variously directly marketing E-Commerce, and I've also managed a team of Internet marketers generating strategic campaigns for enterprise brands.

When Jeff Quipp offered me a position at SEP, I couldn't resist the opportunity to work with such a knowledgeable and well-respected team.

Oh, and everyone at SEP has been really nice and welcoming and I did manage to eventually find my desk - thanks guys. 😉

Helen Overland

Vice President at Search Engine People, helping clients with Conversion Optimization, Analytics, and On-Page SEO. Online Marketer since June 2000, Internet geek since 1994. Follow me on twitter at @semlady to see what I'm reading now.

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7 Responses to “Checklist: 4 Things to Do When Moving to a New Internet Marketing Job”

  1. Welcome Helen! Sounds like, with your experience, you will be a great addition to the team at SEP. As far as I know they are all great people. Met Jeff briefly at SMX West last year and Ruud online alot. Have respect for both of them and their team.


  2. Helen says:

    Thanks @Miguel, much appreciated!

  3. Ryan Jones says:

    Welcome Helen. Great useful article, I love to do lists no matter what they are regarding. :) Hope to read more from you.

  4. Stephen says:

    I recently moved from one internet marketing job to another and I have to strongly agree with your first point, you need to touch base with your old contacts, even if there is no immediate relevance, having friends and contacts in the online marketing world have saved my bacon more times than I can remember.

  5. Nick Bentley says:

    Solid ideas, too many people don't update these things when they switch to a new situation.

    Also food bribes work. I started a new job one time (doing SEO work for a merchant account company) and gave a PEZ dispenser and refills to everyone in the office as I introduced myself. Everyone, except the phone support guy, I got him a 4 pack of Tums and he laughed at it. It was just a dumb thing to break the ice, but it worked.
    The thing that won them over though was the 50-60 leads a day they got from the form I funneled everything into (this was back in the day when Alta Vista was a king and you could get listed in 24 hours on them, long ago before the pay per clicks). Still, it was just a goofy cheap tactic but it was fun.

  6. Nidoszintern says:

    Great post. I like the idea of Touch Base With Your Network. In fact it is true when a move from a job to another will really need us to keep in touch with our previous network.

  7. Great tips. I think reaching our to your network is most definitely the most important item here. I think a lot of people wait too long to do this, so the news becomes outdated and unimportant.