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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 |

July 12, 2010

7. Keep Your Boss Informed. This too is part of gaining his/her confidence. Make a point of asking a couple of questions from time to time. Be careful not to phrase your questions in a manner that sounds like you are prematurely criticizing people or procedure.

8. Show Your Boss You Are Serious. State your intentions within the confines of the job as it is currently described (save “posturing” for after the first 30-60 days). On day-one, arrange a series of short meetings for over the course of a few weeks to ensure that both of you remain on the same page; and your actions support both your objectives and his/hers.

9. After Your “Settling in” Period, Schedule and Subsequently Plan for Your Review. In the meantime, keep a diary of what you see can be improved, changed, accomplished and NEVER share this with co-workers – someone might steal your ideas or shun you for having some.

10. Keep Your Resume Updated. From day-one, be mindful and any and all your accomplishments, even the most subtle: Situations you were in; opportunities you saw; actions you took; and the results! (The S.O.A.R. Technique for story-telling). In doing so, you will be better prepared for your first review, just as you had been for your interview. You will be forearmed with the information you will need to take an active part in the outcome of the review. Since most employers take a very passive approach to reviews, this tact will likely be most appreciated.

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