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How to Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

How to Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

Rob Taub | CAREEREALISM.com

July 12, 2010

Securing a new job is akin to a successful product launching! All the time spent running a well-organized marketing campaign and now the product is in the market.

Well … you’ve landed your new job! As in the product launch, you want to continually work on product positioning and posturing for long term success, right? Likewise, you want to do so for your long term career success.

10 Rules for Beginning Your New Job on the Right Foot:

1. Get to Know the Company’s Key Players. Producing long-term results is more important than an immediate impact. Depending on the company and the reason for your hire you will have a settling-in period any where from 30-90 days. Use that time wisely and get to know people and their roles; network; build alliances, etc.

2. Remember Names and Try to Use Them from Time to Time. And of course, always with a smile. It is important to always project a positive image. Most people when introduced to others immediately forget names. If this happens to you, look them straight in the eye and say, “I’m sorry, could you tell me your name again?” Then practice using it once or twice a week – it’s also flattering.

3. Do Not Over-Do Conversation. Your weekend, evening, lunch, visit … was always “Very good,” quickly followed by “and how was yours?” People ask, but they aren’t necessarily interested in more than that. If they get more than that before they really know you they will steer away the next time.

4. Observe How the Company Gets Things Done. The company’s management style, your boss’ management style; leadership; company culture … become a student of your managers and their leaders. I once heard said, “The best classroom is at the feet of an elder.” The bell has rung; so now take a seat and really pay attention.

5. Be a Class Act. Don’t get drawn into the chitter-chatter of gossipers. Smile, nod in agreement if you must, but do not gossip. If you do people will not put their trust in you. Practice being a good listener and consider everything you hear, even if it plainly is gossip, as if it were most private. Bite your tongue and you won’t go wrong.

6. Gain the Confidence of Others. Give credit to others up and down the line. Be humble when given credit and say only “Thank you.” For the first few weeks defer to others for advice; defer to your boss’s lead. After you have gained the confidence of your boss and others, maybe 30-60 days, you can start making recommendations.

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