Job-Seeking Step 7: Starting Your New Job

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Step 6: Closing The Deal

Respect your old workplace

  • Don’t share that company’s secrets with your new job
  • Create a “Who am I?” elevator speech for your new job that doesn’t talk badly about your last job

Make your new job better than your last one

  • Conduct a failure analysis as you step into the new job
    • Look at what you did and did not do correctly at your old job
    • Set goals to aspire for in your new job to avoid those pitfalls
    • Assess what you liked and didn’t like at your old job, and how you will make it better this time
  • Take full advantage of the benefits and perks of your new job
    • You won’t know some of them until you start asking questions
  • Network with your new coworkers during the workday
    • Get to know the secretaries, custodians and tech support workers, since they have most of the true power in any workplace
  • Build a relationship with your boss
    • Consistently ask for feedback about how you can improve
    • Thank your boss for what they do
    • Anticipate their needs and do work for them they didn’t ask you to do but certainly need done
  • Understand the values and efforts the company really cares about
    • Treat yourself as a company owner, in that your work should be like you own the company
    • Focus your extra effort on high value work, especially in what the company wants
    • Observe who gets promoted or rewarded in the company to find out what they need
  • Keep working outside of your job
    • Keep a running log of your achievements on LinkedIn
    • Keep working on your soft skills (collaborating, public speaking, negotiating, etc)
    • When you start establishing yourself, make connections outside of your current job, since that provides a contingency plan for the future

If you find yourself in a bad job

  • It’s not uncommon to fall into a false promise, especially in the beginning of your career
    • If you’ve gotten into a bad situation, go back into the job hunt
    • Often by sticking around a bad company culture, you could get fired, which is worse than a 6-month work period
  • If there is a pattern of bad jobs, then you might be the problem
    • Consider professional career counseling or professional psychological therapy if you’ve gone through at least 2 jobs pretty quickly
    • Start looking at how you’re not measuring up to being successful
  • Start using whatever time you can to build your skills and stay current in an industry you want to move into
  • Sometimes it’s best to become your own boss!
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