Category Archives: Personal Development

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.

Feeling supported through change

Sunflower TRI recently said to my partner, “Oh I’ve picked up some work on a factory closure that starts next week”. He replied, “What a shame for the workers!” He’s absolutely right. He went straight to the heart of the situation – the emotions the staff members will experience when facing the prospect of finding a new job.

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

Choosing The Best Path

Beach Sunset PathwayHave you been faced with a choice and not sure which direction to take? This happens to all of us at some point, and to varying degrees. Indecision can be stressful, especially when something’s riding on it, such as getting a job.  I’ve seen people struggle with decisions relating to their job search and career, when they’ve needed a sounding board to work things through. Continue reading

The People You Meet When You Volunteer

Volunteer HappinessThis week is National Volunteers Week in Australia where the theme is Give Happy, Live Happy. This message is about volunteers making a difference to other people’s lives, but also the effect of volunteering on their own well being, by lifting mood and happiness. I volunteer my time with a local group – Harcourt Progress Association, by coordinating the advertising for their monthly newspaper – The Core. This newsletter didn’t exist two years ago and I really enjoy working with the Editor and being part of its growth. The Core is now at 24 pages and features interesting articles, event information, a crossword, local stories & much more. Continue reading

Taking Care of Yourself When Facing Change

With unemployment in Australia at its highest since 2002, we are seeing more businesses taking measures to restructure and offshore or outsource their processes, meaning job security is becoming a thing of the past.  Continue reading

Turn Wishful Thinking into an Action Plan

Do you aspire to do things differently or make changes for the better but end up making excuses and doing nothing? Changing habits is about making a commitment to changing our behaviour or actions in areas that are important to us, such as health, money, work and relationships. It’s about identifying what you’d like to improve and taking manageable steps towards making this change.

Goal Wish Quote

I’ve written previously on the topic of procrastination and wanted to expand on this with some more strategies to get you moving forward. To get you thinking about how you can make a change, here are five questions to ask yourself: Continue reading

Being Paid for What You Love

Change Quote Lao TzuI admire people who recognise that their chosen job is ‘not for life’ and then do something about it. My Mum started studying for a university degree in her 40s and has since transitioned from working as a Personal Assistant to working in mental health as a Carer Consultant – a role which she thoroughly enjoys.

Being open to a new career path and exploring ways to make this happen, can pay off when you find yourself being paid for what you love. Here’s a couple of career change stories to give you some inspiration:

Cheers, Gen