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8 Steps to Getting On-Track When You Start a New Job

Starting a new job can feel like moving to a new country. Your language skills may be modest. You have little knowledge of the laws, let alone the customs and traditions of the society you are entering. All you have is a passport and the goodwill of management as you enter unfamiliar borders.

1. Get to know your colleagues. Ask questions and listen to their answers. Get a sense of what is said and what is unsaid. You don't need answers to all of your questions at once. Take your time.

2. Have lunch with different people in the department every day. Learn about the corporate culture and who the leaders are and the unofficial leaders are.

3. Get to know some of the key people in your organization and what matters to them.

4. Get connected with your boss' objectives and how you fit in to them. What are his/her challenges and how can you help meet them.

5. PLAN. Plan your time and plan how to meet your objectives. Create a schedule that allows you to stay connected with your personal life and your career objectives.

6. Complete a project within your first 60 - 90 days. Keep your boss up-to-date on what you are doing and, if uncertain about something, ask for advice.

7. On the days that you are unsure of yourself, remember the days that you were most successful. Everyone has bad days. It doesn't mean that you are a failure or that you made a wrong choice to join the firm. Get yourself back on track.

8. Enjoy your successes. Celebrate the victories.

Joining a new firm may initially feel like moving to a new country but with time and effort on your part, you, too, can achieve the success that so many immigrants have.

Jeff Altman has successfully assisted many corporations identify management leaders and staff in technology, accounting, finance, sales, marketing and other disciplines since 1971. He is also co-founder of Your Next Job, a networking group focused on assisting technology professionals with their job search, a certified leader of the ManKind Project, a not for profit organization that assists men with life issues, and a practicing psychotherapist. For additional job hunting or hiring tips, go to http://www.newyorkmetrotechnologyjobs.comIf you would like Jeff and his firm to assist you with hiring staff, or if you would like help with a strategic job change, send an email to him at jeffaltman@cisny.com (If you're looking for a new position, include your resume).


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