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Starting Your New Job
ReadySet HIRED! is an online monthly newsletter which features advice, guidance, and answers for individuals who are actively searching in the marketplace for employment.
Featured Article My Coaching Actions & Top Ten Mistakes Quick Tips Poll Quotables
Message from the Editor
Welcome to ReadySet HIRED! We're pleased to announce the launch of our new interactive website www.readysethired.com, designed to take you step by step through the job search process, from getting started right through to beginning your new job. With 10 easy steps, 50 different actions and dozens of downloadable resources including checklists, worksheets and an e-book, the ReadySet HIRED! website provides you with everything you will need to manage a successful job search.

In October's newsletter, you read about how Peter resigned from his job. This month, both he and Lois are starting new jobs - find out how they each approached their first days at work in their new roles. In December's newsletter, we'll provide a year in review and recap the 10 steps of a successful job search. If you'll be looking for a new job in the new year, this review will be a great place to start in getting ReadySet HIRED!
Starting Your New Job
My Coaching
No matter what your previous work situation and colleagues were like, refrain from bad mouthing them at your new place of work. You'll come off as bitter, angry and disloyal. Insulting your previous workplace is a sure way to encourage mistrust. If people ask you about your last company or the people there, be as honest as possible without being disparaging. Recognize and point out the good things that came out of your last work experience. Keep in mind that bad mouthing will say more about YOU than about others.
Peter decided to take a new position in his current company. He'll continue to work in sales (now with a team of three other sales people on four large accounts) before moving on to a management position. He'll also be spending part of his time working directly with the current manager, learning first hand about how to manage a sales team. It's an ideal situation, as he's learning relevant skills in the very environment in which he'll soon be managing.

After going through all the steps of looking for a job, Peter finds himself exactly where he wants to be - in the company he knows and loves, working toward the management job he's been seeking all along. Although he has the advantage of being familiar with the company and the culture, he'll have to adjust to new responsibilities and colleagues. Peter remains open to learning new ways of doing things and approaches his new role as exactly that - a new experience.

Lois starts her new job at a small Marketing Communications company two days after hastily signing an offer. In this short period, she realizes she made a mistake in deciding not to negotiate - it reflects poorly on both her self-worth and her ability to negotiate, which is part of her role as Account Manager. In any case, she is relieved to be back at work. As part of her orientation, Lois is paired with a long-time company employee to shadow her work. In her first few days, Lois finds herself in the field with her colleague, attending business development meetings with potential customers. Disappointed that she's not being exposed to marketing projects right away, Lois finds herself opening up to her new colleague, and expressing her frustration. The colleague assures Lois that indeed the time will come for that, and that it's the nature of the job in a small company such as theirs, that they are responsible for business development, account management, and creative marketing. In a moment of frustration, Lois makes the mistake of saying in front of a number of colleagues, "Well, this is NOT what I signed up for".

Being a small company, word travels fast to the owner of the company, the very individual who hired Lois. When he calls her in for a meeting after the first week to ask her how things are going in her orientation, she fesses up, and admits she's not enjoying being out in the field, and that she would rather be flexing her creative muscles. The boss wonders about Lois' selective memory, as they had quite a lengthy discussion about the nature of the job, and she seemed fully on board to take on this hybrid role.

After another week, Lois' attitude has not changed. She remains noticeably disappointed, and this causes tension with her colleagues and her boss. At the end of her second week, Lois' boss calls another meeting with her, and "regrettably" let her go, since it didn't seem to be working out for anybody.

In our upcoming newsletters, we'll continue to follow Lois and Peter throughout their job search. Maybe you'll recognize yourself in one of them, and maybe you'll learn something along the way. For more tips to help you with your job search, visit www.readysethired.com.
5 Starting Your New Job Actions
Hereís a summary of the five ReadySet HIRED! starting your new job actions. Click Here for more detailed descriptions of these actions on our website.

Know how to handle your first day
Congratulations on making it to your first day. Now the real work begins! Make sure you're well rested and well prepared - not to mention on time! On time means you should arrive about 10 minutes early. You'll likely be spending much of the day meeting and greeting your colleagues, so make an effort to be both engaged and engaging.

Listen and learn
While you may love to talk, learn to listen if you want to communicate effectively. Chances are, some of your new colleagues will do a great deal of talking during your onboarding. Open your ears and really listen to what they're saying. You'll learn about your new work, your new workplace, and your new colleagues.

Demonstrate a strong work ethic
Make an effort to develop a strong work ethic early on and maintain it throughout your career. It will translate to better productivity and performance for your employer's benefit, and greater job satisfaction for you.
  Avoid gossip
In a new job, it may be especially tempting to engage in gossip to "fit in", while at the same time getting all the juicy scoop. But do you really want to have the reputation of being a gossip hound?

Know what's expected of you
Work with your manager to establish a clear set of objectives for your new role. Track your accomplishments and schedule regular checkpoints, both formal and informal, to review your progress.
Top 10 Starting Your New Job Mistakes
  • Arrive for work early - never appear rushed or flustered.
  • Maintain a positive attitude - negativity reflects poorly on you and impacts morale.
  • Keep your promises and honour your commitments.
  • Take pride in your work and accomplishments.
  • Don't abuse work time for personal activities, including appointments and phone calls.
  • Don't let colleagues with a poor work ethic get you down - focus on your own productivity.
"All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do."
-Author Unknown

"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen."
-Ernest Hemingway

"Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic."
-Dale Carnegie
ReadySet HIRED! values your opinion.
Take part in this week's poll!

Did you start a new job this year?
Click Here for November's poll results.
How do you feel about resigning from a job?
I dread it. 21.26%
It's just something that needs to be done. 55.12%
I canít wait to tell everyone Iím outta here! 23.62%
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