By Tim Klepaczyk
So far in this forum I’ve talked about what you can do to get a job. This week I’ll talk about making a good impression on a new job. While I’ve said before that your next job search starts when your current one ends, certainly the more valuable you are to a company, the less likely you are to find yourself involuntarily between jobs. It’s always better to search for a job when you still have a job.
Arrive at work before your boss, and leave after him. Depending on your boss this could be very demanding, but I’m not suggesting doing this forever. However, I do suggest you do it for the first few months. After that you’ll benefit from the strong first impression and should be able to scale your efforts back to a more manageable work/life balance.
Approach your new boss. What are the most significant things that he wants you to accomplish? Prioritize the top three, but keep some others in mind, including stretch objectives that can really put you over the top. You can even approach your new boss about this in the transition period before your start date.
Where do you fit in your new organization? This is particularly important if the position is different than others you’ve had – you may have responsibilities that you haven’t realized. Get this information and approach others in the organization to be sure you understand their expectations of you.
Track your efforts. Some managers want regular updates, others do not. Even if your new boss is “hands-off”, talk to him/her at regular intervals to confirm that you are on track. The point is that it’s up to you to be sure that you’ve prioritized correctly and you’re accomplishing the tasks that will make your boss happy and increase your chances of staying in the new job longer.
Tim Klepaczyk is an RF & microwave engineer with over 20 years of experience in applications & sales and product design & validation. He also loves writing.
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