Starting the Job: Opportunities & Pitfalls

IT’S HARD TO AVOID THEM IF YOU DON’T SEE THEM COMING

There are numerous opportunities and pitfalls in a new job:

Opportunities:

  • Building relationships with senior management, your boss, your team, your clients and colleagues
  • Building a strong, productive partnership with the members of your team
  • Learning the culture, “how do things work around here”
  • Exceptional individual productivity without bringing attention to yourself
  • Listening well, understanding client’s goals and needs, and providing outstanding service
  • Accepting suggestions from your boss and team members and incorporating good ones
  • Being flexible and understanding things aren’t always going to go smoothly
  • Measuring your success continuously and keeping records
  • Take 100% responsibility for your relationships, productivity, and success
  • Learning how your job “fits” in and how you can best benefit the company
  • Develop a mentor.

Pitfalls

  • You must begin building formal and informal relationships right away with all of your constituencies beginning with your boss
  • You must build credibility by successfully performing your job
  • You must learn the culture, “how do things work around here” and be in sync with colleagues.

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