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6 Things You Need to Do When Starting a New Job

6 Things You Need to Do When Starting a New Job

All major changes in life tend to make us fairly nervous and uncertain, and there are few things as nerve wrecking as the first few days on a new job. You want to impress, let everyone know that you are a true professional and get as friendly as you can with your new colleagues. If you don’t have much experience, especially if it’s your first job, then you’ll need to do a few little things to prepare for this new challenge. Let’s take a look at some of the best things that you can do to make the first days of your new job stress-free and highly productive.

Update Your Wardrobe to Look Professional

Some of the people reading this are, no doubt, quite fashion-savvy and understand the ins and outs of the business casual and more formal dress codes, but a lot of people are new to this sort of thing. Millennials in general tend to be more laid back and like to add their own personal touch to everything, but as long as you follow the basic guidelines you can still let your inner self shine and look like a professional.

Get the Right Gadgets to Boost Productivity

Once you’ve got your business attire sorted, it’s time to look at some of the tools of the trade. Think of yourself as business superhero – you’ve got the suit, but you still need some cool gadgets. The most important tool you will always have on you is your smartphone, which you will use for anything from sending emails to accessing information in the cloud and using team management apps.

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Finding a proper business phone can be a bit of a chore, but it is a smart investment that pays for itself in the long run. Be sure to install a few useful apps that you will be using day-to-day, and forget about games and silly fitness apps that you will never use.

Learn All You Can about the Company’s Culture and Rules

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    You will be the “new guy/gal” or, if you prefer classic cop show nomenclature, the “rookie,” but you don’t have to be a fish out of water. Sure, it’ll take time to get to know everyone, get a sense of how office politics work and all, but you should come prepared from day one. Dig through the company website, ask a few questions during your final interview, look at any written material on things like the dress code and corporate policies and try your best to fit in.

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    Once you start working, it’s best to ask your colleagues about anything you are not quite sure of, no matter how trivial it may seem. The social and psychological aspects of sharing a workspace with other humans are just as important to master as the skills necessary to do your job properly. You might look a bit unsure of yourself or eager to please at first, but after a week or two you’ll be all settled in and accepted as part of the team.

    Work on Mastering Confident Body Language

    Being seen as a confident and ambitious employee, and a cool and interesting colleague will help you win over your coworkers and the bosses much more quickly than just keeping to yourself and letting your work speak for you. In fact, as unfair as it may seem to someone new to the corporate culture, putting in overtime, meeting every deadline, being insanely punctual and just generally courteous won’t lead you towards a promotion or improve your reputation if you don’t make an effort to charm everyone’s pants off.

    The first step is to learn about confident body language and practice moving, standing, sitting, speaking, gesturing and listening while looking completely sure of yourself. In order to emanate power you must learn to take up space – without looking like a street thug, of course – avoid nervous movement, speak more slowly and loud enough, and keep the right amount of eye contact and so on. It takes practice, but you can get a hang of it within a month or two.

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    Read Books on Business, Manners and Conflict Resolution

      There is a sort of meta-job component to any line of work – it’s the ability to navigate business waters, find polite ways to say “no” or persuade people, knowing how to efficiently resolve office conflicts in your favor, and so on. These are the type of skills that you pick up after a few years of working in an office environment, but there are tons of great books out there that can help you get a better understanding of how to climb your way up the corporate ladder.

      I’d suggest reading up on business books, as well as books on dealing with problematic people at work, some of the best examples being “The Ape in the Corner Office: How to Make Friends, Win Fights, and Work Smarter by Understanding Human Nature” by Richard Conniff and “ConCom: Conflict Communication A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication” by Rory Miller.

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      Apart from that, a good book on manners like “The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners” by Jodi R. R. Smith will help you get through all the formalities of business lunches and polite conversations.

      Create a Work Journal to Keep Track of Your Tasks

      Now, before you say anything, this doesn’t mean that you should walk around with a clipboard and jot down everything that happens during the day. You can simply note the tame and date when you’ve started a project or were assigned a certain task, the time and date you completed it, a few instructions that the boss or your teammates gave you and so on.

      Not only will this help you stay on track with all the little tasks around the office, but it will also allow you to cover your back in case of a dispute, as you’ll be able to clearly show just how much work you’ve done, and what you’ve been told to do. People will just think that you are a bit of a perfectionist and won’t really give it a second thought, but it will help you a lot on the long run.
      This is by no means a be all end all list of things you can do, nor are any of the rules set in stone, but these few useful suggestions will help you leave a good impression and adapt to your new workplace in record time. Have a little bit of patience, mind your manners and try to raise through the ranks as a good team member who knows the rules.

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      Last Updated on January 14, 2019

      The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

      The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

      Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

      We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

      You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

      Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

      Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

      1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

      Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

      Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

      You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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      Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

      Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

      2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

      Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

      Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

      3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

      Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

      How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

      Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

      Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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      Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

      4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

      It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

      With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

      If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

      Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

      Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

      5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

      Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

      However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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      Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

      If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

      With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

      Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

      6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

      The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

      You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

      A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

      By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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      • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
      • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
      • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
      • Is this aligned with my passion?
      • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

      Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

      7. Be Prepared to Let Go

      It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

      Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

      If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

      When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

      Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

      We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

      The Bottom Line

      Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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