Performing well in the job is one of the three keys to success (along with building a relationship with your boss and colleagues). In any new job the learning curve is steep and you can use all the help you can get. You will learn a lot from doing your own research and using your intuition, but you will learn much more when you network with others. Not only does this help to build the relationship with others but you will learn some of the subtlety in dealing with issues and people you will never learn as quickly on your own.
Your boss is the first person who will be able to help you to learn the job and what it takes to be successful. The importance of this time is in building rapport with your boss and gaining his/her perception on what it takes to be successful.
Here are some of the key things you need to do as soon as you can to ensure success in your new job. Click on each for more detail:
- Focus on “keeping your head down” and producing during the day.
- Spend one-on-one time with your boss to learn everything you can about being successful in the job.
- Speak to people who have been successful recently about the Dos and Don’ts.
- Read and speak with senior spokespeople, about the history of the company and its position, the current state of affairs, and speculation as to future direction.
- Speak with people outside (customers, suppliers, distributors) and inside (staff, operations, sales, R&D, etc.) to gain their perceptions.
- Study the company’s products, services, technology to understand what you need to learn.
Focusing on these six things early on will maximize your chances of success in your new position!