Job-Seeking Step 7: Starting Your New Job

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Step 6: Closing The Deal

Respect your old workplace

Don’t share your former company’s secrets with your new job

Create a “Who am I?” elevator speech (1-2 minute speech) for your new job which doesn’t place your last job in a bad light

Make your new job better than your last one

Analyze your failures as you start your new job

  • Look at what you did and didn’t do correctly at your old job
  • Set goals to avoid those pitfalls in your new job
  • Think about what you liked and disliked at your old job and how you’ll make it better this time

Take full advantage of your new job’s benefits and perks

  • You won’t know some of them until you ask questions

Network with your new coworkers during the workday

  • The secretaries, custodians, and tech support workers have most of the real power in any workplace

Build a relationship with your manager

  • Consistently ask feedback on how you can improve
  • Thank your boss for what they do
  • Anticipate their needs and work on what they needed but didn’t ask you to do

Understand the company’s values and priorities

  • Work like you own the company and treat yourself as a company owner
  • Focus extra effort on high-value work, especially when the company values it
  • Observe whom the company promotes or rewards to find out what the company values

Keep working outside your job

  • Log your achievements on LinkedIn
  • Keep developing your soft skills (e.g., collaborating, public speaking, negotiating)
  • Make connections outside of your current job as you establish yourself to plan for the future

If you discover your new job is terrible

Many people fall into false promises, especially when they begin their career

  • Go back to the job hunt if you’re in a bad situation
  • Getting fired from staying in a dysfunctional company culture is worse than a 6-month period on your work history

If you notice a pattern of terrible jobs, you might be the problem

  • Consider professional career counseling or psychotherapy if you’ve quickly transitioned through at least two jobs
  • Look at what’s stopping your success

Start using any free time to develop skills and stay updated in your industry

If you’re bold enough, stop trying to be an employee and run your own company

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