Start your new job on the right foot

by Genevieve Ward

New Job First Day

I work with job seekers on a set three month Career Program which keeps my clients focussed, on track, motivated and equipped with the skills to find their ideal role sooner rather than later. I’ve been asked, ‘What if I find a job before our program ends – say two months into the program?’ To which I reply, ‘Not only is that a fantastic outcome, but our career coaching doesn’t stop when you get a job!’ Here’s some food for thought about integrating into your new role and future proofing your career with continued growth and development.

So…you’ve nailed the application, interview and job offer and now you’re about to embark on your first day.  Like joining anything for the first time (school, dance class, book club) this is a time when first impressions count. Consider how you present yourself and what approach you’ll take as you meet your work colleagues. TV personality Julia Zemiro once gave a first day tip with, ‘High energy. Low maintenance!’

When getting to know your new co-workers be mindful they are busy with their work so be patient – book some time with them to gain an understanding of their role. Be open and willing to get started, learn as much as you can – pay attention, listen and take notes.

Julia Zemiro at Ulumbarra 14 July 2016

Julia Zemiro at Ulumbarra Theatre, 07/2017

Schedule time with your new manager to discuss and define goals and expectations of your new job and remember to ask questions to clarify anything you’re unclear about.

Getting to understand the environment or organisational culture is key to how you:

  • communicate;
  • get along with others; and
  • manage your work.

Find this out by considering the following.

  • Learn the various modes of communication within the organisation. Does everyone communicate via e-mails or verbally or have meetings.
  • What form of communication does your supervisor prefer?
  • Evaluate the personalities of those with whom you work. Discover how they work together.
  • Make your best attempt to understand the organisation well in terms of capabilities, finance, budgeting, existing strategies and priorities.
  • Know the vision, mission, and values of the company.

You can consciously manage your professional development and career growth by adopting some (or all) of these guidelines:

  • Establish goals for your new position. Map out expectations of the first ninety days, six months, and first year.
  • Draw on your past experiences, look at your successes to help plan for your future.
  • Discover obstacles in your way and come up with an action plan to overcome and tackle those obstacles.
  • Always be prepared for changes within the industry and train yourself for your next position.
  • Identify areas for self-improvement, evaluate accomplishments and continually develop networking contacts.
  • Develop relationships with other supervisors or executive besides your direct boss or manager.
  • Achieve results that are important to your company and ensure that the accomplishments are known to key decision makers.
  • Manage your time as well as you can. If you do not seem to accomplish what you believe you should, think outside the square for workable solutions.

If you’ve landed a role that sees you stepping up in a reputable organisation with higher responsibilities it makes sense to put some thought into leveraging your strengths to make the most of this new venture.

How have you gone on your first day?

I can help you map out a development plan plus mentor and coach you to get the most out of your next big career step.

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As a Career Coach, my role is to soften the blow for the people affected by organisational restructures by guiding workers to think about what’s next, get their resume updated, build their interview skills and their confidence throughout the redundancy process.  Continue reading

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Time for a Resume Refresh

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The Value of a Strong Work Ethic

Strong Work Ethic

My partner recently mentioned to me that I have a strong work ethic. His words got me thinking about what this really means.  I didn’t doubt his sentiment as I feel I’ve always been a dedicated and hard worker but I wondered if he meant to say I was self-motivated. So what’s the difference?   Continue reading