First Days and New Jobs

New Opportunities

Is it kitschy to blog about someone else’s blog? I’m going to say no because I think being referenced (in a complementary fashion) is a positive.  I caught this article by Mark Suster (@msuster) which someone shared on Google+ recently.  The amount of information that’s there was on point and very direct to the new employee. My opinion is that even if you’re not completely new to the workforce, these are still good lessons to pay attention to.

 So often we hear people surprised at receiving disciplinary action (up to and including termination from their position). Some of this is avoidable if you’re striving to improve and actually take action on those items.


With that article in mind, it made me think back to an HR conference I attended last spring.  Shari Harley (@shariharley) was one of the keynote speakers. Some people just have a knack for public speaking, and she was one of them (at least from my perspective). One of the things I walked away with was her view point on asking people for candid feedback (which I’m reflecting on Mark Suster’s topic number four on his post). I’ll paraphrase from both (their original thoughts, not mine) – that if you’re going to ask for the feedback, be appreciative, take away the positives and do something proactive with that useful criticism.  No one is perfect – learn and grow where you can. I say this and what I really mean is, if you can’t take the criticism and fix whatever needs fixing, someone else will (that’s a hint that if you can’t perform or adjust, there will be several people waiting eagerly to take your place).

One point in Suster’s article that I would add to though is to be selective on who you choose as a mentor; it’s kind of like choosing professional references. Make sure to choose the right mentor(s) over time.  Choosing the right ones allow you to grow and develop in a manner that’s embraced by the company culture that you’re in. It’s not always the ‘popular’ one that’s the most productive – ‘flashy’ isn’t always the goal (not to say those folks aren’t productive).

As you look forward to your new gig, treat every day as the first day he describes. Look for ways to improve, look for feedback. I suggest you treat it like a business/sales relationship – always be closing to the next step. Approach your work like you’re trying to earn another day work. In the long run, this type of dedication can have a great impact on your approach to work overall.


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