It may not seem like it, with the unemployment rate dominating the news, but there are people who are entering the workforce at an increasing rate. For some, it’s their first real job. Others are moving on to new jobs, and out of the comfort zone of a job and the relationships, they had formed.
More than ever, it’s important to understand what is expected of you and how to beat those expectations. People will make snap judgments and companies are putting more teeth behind a 90-day evaluation period. It’s important that your new co-workers like what they see. So whether this is your first job or your dream job, here are 5 things that everyone should keep in mind.
5 Ways to Get Your New Job Off to a Great Start
1. Listen first.
For someone out of school, this may be easy. But if you have some experience, a company may be hiring you to shake things up a bit or to look at their processes from a different point of view. That’s all well and good, but before you start blowing things up, you should be careful to observe what does and doesn’t work. Take time to talk with as many employees as you can.
2. Be your best, professional self.
Everybody likes to be greeted with a cheerful good morning and a pleasant smile. But not everyone likes to have the first few minutes of their day hijacked with happy talk. Adapt to the company. If you didn’t notice at the interview, call your boss before your first day and get a clear idea of what the dress code is. This also goes for your work area. Your goal is to showcase your competence, not your quirks.
3. Act like you’re always being watched.
You’re the new person and this is their company. Other employees, especially the ones above you, are going to want to know who you are what you bring to the company. If you give them the perception that you’re not serious and focused, it could take months, or years to change that perception. If you get a chance to change it at all.
4. Be punctual and willing to work late.
Most employers will gladly overlook the occasional day when you’re a few minutes late, and think nothing of you needing to leave a few minutes early, but you have to earn it. And that starts by showing you understand how to manage your time. If you do have to be late, make sure you have a good excuse.
5. Do whatever it takes.
This is really what it means to be a team player and working hard. More than likely, your boss has plans for you, he just may not be able to start you on a specific project your first day. Showing that you’re flexible and willing to help out in different ways shows a mature understanding of the way businesses work.
When you take care of these five basic tasks, it will be much easier for you to get noticed for the right reasons and you’ll start being given more responsibility. And that’s when you can become more assertive in making sure your boss understands your value, while still being respected by your peers.
Here are 5 Things To Stop You From Getting Promoted
It’s not fun to watch your peers get promoted while you stay stuck in the same job. It’s also not fun to do the same job and earn the same paycheck for 10 years or more. You aren’t going to get free money, so you should work hard to get ahead. Unfortunately, most people find themselves in that exact situation.
If you went to college and then got a white-collar job, chances are that you’re looking to get ahead of the pack. You have dreams of becoming a manager, director, or executive someday. But if you aren’t careful, you’ll find yourself stuck doing exactly what you are currently doing five or ten years from now. In this fast-changing business world where more and more jobs are being outsourced every day, that is a disastrous place to be.
Here are the top five reasons you won’t get promoted.
1. You don’t want it bad enough.
Do you want to be promoted? What are you doing about it?
Employees do not have a right to be promoted; it is a reward for hard work and commitment. How many people do you know that think they deserve to keep their job or be promoted because of the number of years they have been in a job? If that idea rings true for you, it’s time to change your attitude.
2. You aren’t improving yourself.
Education, certification, and experience are all key steps in climbing the corporate ladder. As an individual, you are your own brand, and developing a skill set is an important part of the product you offer. If you are not working to improve yourself each day, month and year, then you will be stuck in the same job forever.
3. You are not an expert in your industry.
Knowing all there is to know about your business means that you understand your industry, competitors, and product inside and out. For example, if you are a financial whiz, you should know about financial statements and financial services.
To reach a point of expertise, do things like research everything you hear but don’t know about or understand. Read magazines or blogs related to your field. Seek out and learn as much information as you can, so that when the boss asks your opinion on an issue, you can give an informed and educated response rather than I don’t know.
4. You only focus on daily tasks.
The old philosophy that working as hard as you can at doing what your boss tells you so (s)he will think you are a good worker and give you a raise or promotion is dead.
Everyone is replaceable. If you want to want your boss to notice you, you obviously need to complete your work on time and as expected, but you also need to create value for the company by thinking out of the box and improving processes, systems, and strategies.
5. You haven’t asked.
You need a track record that demonstrates that you are a valuable employee by consistently performing at the level to which you want to be promoted. But here’s the kicker: if you never ask, chances are, your manager will never promote you. Not all bosses see your promotion as their priority, so you need to put it on their radar by asking. What does asking look like?
There are many opportunities to make your desire known. When you meet with your manager for a one-on-one, find ways to express your goal of being promoted to the next level. You can talk about the things you are currently doing to improve the business, or how you have already improved it, and make a strong case for yourself. When the time comes, you need to be bold. Tell your manager flat out tell what you want. If you have clear and well thought out examples to give for why you deserve a promotion, your boss will respect you and give you a straight answer about the possibility. Use your boss’s feedback to develop a plan to climb the ladder.
6. You aren’t networking.
If you are on the job search then you must know the importance of constant and deliberate networking. On paper, you may have everything that your ideal employer wants. If you don’t know the right people, though, even the most well-polished resume and spot-on experience in the world isn’t going to help. The importance of networking simply can’t be overemphasized. Or you can simply be networking to develop professional or social contacts, but that comes with it.
Even after you’ve landed your dream job, it’s still crucial to maintain good networking habits. By doing so, you’ll be able to advance your career in a more efficient and effective way. Look to use successful networking tips that could make all the difference.