9 Things To Do To Set You Up for Success in Your New Job
- May 27, 2016
- Career Development
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Congrats! After all the hard work and effort on your job search, you landed a great job. You deserve to feel excited.
The next step is to start your new job and move past the learning curve. As you’re starting to think through important things like when you have to get up in the morning and when you will do your workout, there’s one very big thing to plan.
How to be a major success in this job? It’s ok to admit that’s what you’re shooting for.
What you do in the first 90-120 days in your new job will “set the tone” for how your time in the job (and company) will go.
When you were looking for a job one of the things you had to think about was the first impression you made on decision makers. Generally, you only have one chance to make a good first impression and that chance was maybe a minute long.
Your first few months on a new job are when the first impression and a lasting impression on the people you work with are formed. It is the time you build your Personal Brand. It’s a much more critical time than anyone realizes and is often written off because you’re in a learning curve.
And everyone is given a break during a learning curve, right? Yes and no.
Yes because we all know what learning curves are like. No, because we’re humans and still expect you to deliver.
Here is your “New Job Strategy”
#1 – Learn your job by understanding the expectations.
Spend time with your boss and key co-workers to not only show you the tasks and how to do them but what do they expect. This is your performance. We get too wrapped up in the task and fail to realize that those people do have expectations for how we do the work. Ask early and often.
#2 – Learn people and process.
All businesses hang together by various processes. You may be only 1 of many in the entire clockwork of a process. If you learn the entire process or business, your ability to think outside the box goes up significantly. It will also help you to better understand how your work interplays with others.
You need to learn many things about your boss. You need to understand what their work priorities are so you can support them with your work and communication. You need to discover how they learn and how they best take in information. To ignore this is to irritate the boss and create a poor impression.
#4 – Figure out problems and solve them.
Plan on an early win. Our work is all about solving problems if you think about it. As you are going through and learning the things outlined above, be looking for problems you can solve quickly. Try to contain your solutions to your own scope of work or minimally only a couple of others. Do not attempt to solve world hunger because you won’t have the clout built up to be given money and resources. You do want to solve problems that have visibility so when you are done; it becomes an affirmation that you were a good hire.
#5 – Do not bad mouth how things are being done.
One problem newbies have sometimes is making the mistake of unearthing business problems and make disparaging remarks about them. You do not know who may have implemented the very thing you are trying to improve. Take the approach that you can see opportunities for improvement. Your approach and attitude are critical.
#6 – Don’t boast about your previous employers/job.
It doesn’t matter if you worked directly for the Pope. No one wants to hear how great things were in your other job. It’s not relevant to this job and may get people wishing you had stayed at the previous job. Do not compare and don’t put down people or companies.
#7 – Ask for feedback
Don’t make the assumption that “no news is good news” when it comes to your work. Ask for feedback on a routine basis and if you have things to improve take that as a sign that you better improve quickly.
#8 – Learn the culture
You can be doing all things right but if you fail to “read” the culture and learn to adapt to it, you will never fit in. A work culture is the way people interact, how decisions get made and even language. It can include things like informal leaders within the group that need your attention. Understanding a group’s culture is tricky because it can be very subtle. It can be done with observation and asking questions.
#9 – Build relationships
While you are hunkered down learning all these new things, don’t fail to ignore that a big part of your success will be with and through other people. Make a point to get to know your co-workers.
Keep in mind that your first impression will last for a long time. By doing these things, you will position yourself for success and a strong Personal Brand.
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