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Six Actions to Take When Starting Your New Job

By Lisa Woods (1044 words)
Posted in New Employee, Promotion on June 28, 2012

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Getting hired was just the first step.  Now you are walking into your new position and need to hit the ground running.  You want to learn as much as possible, as fast as possible…how do you do that?  Here are six actions you can take to excel quickly in your new role.

Keep a daily journal.

At the end of each day take 20-30 minutes to write down what you learned about the business, the processes, the job expectations, the people you met and the interactions you will need with them to do your job. At the end of each week summarize the information you documented during the week. You may find that your knowledge has changed from what you first perceived.  Do this process for the first month of your employment. During the second and third months keep a weekly journal and incorporate notes you took during the workday as new items came up. The act of writing as you learn will help you process the information better, help you remember it and help you start formulating a more strategic perspective for your job. It also allows you to formulate questions based on what you learned. Keep a list of these questions and incorporate answers into your journal as time progresses.

Verify your knowledge.

Initiate discussions with coworkers, superiors and subordinates utilizing the knowledge you have been gaining from your journal to find out if your understanding of the business & process is correct. Share your understanding and ask the questions you posed to yourself in your journal entries. These discussions will help you gain confidence, as well as show others that you are actively learning. You will find that this process will set you apart as becoming more knowledgeable and resourceful than others that have been there for years.

Set goals for yourself.

Once you feel comfortable with the accuracy of what you have learned, as well as an understanding of the goals inherent to your new job, at the beginning of the second month set some personal goals to achieve over months two and three. These goals should be results oriented; write them down with action plans.

Communicate goals with your superior and/or employees.

Sit down with your boss and/or your employees to communicate the goals that you want to achieve over the next couple of months. Get their feedback and buy-in making modifications if necessary. By this time you may already have some goals given to you by your boss, incorporate those into your objectives as well. All of your personal goals for you and your team should be based on things you need to achieve a better understanding of your job and of the business. It could be training, meeting with key customers, generating reports on key metrics, becoming proficient in specific processes, etc...The end goal being that by the end of three months you are proficient in your job as it was when you walked into it and you are ready to start discussing the strategy going forward; you will be ready and able to improve on it.

Get to know your co-workers and collaborators from other departments.

Make time over the first three months to know the people you will be working with in the company. Ask each one to have lunch with you or set up individual meetings with them. Ask them about the business, their experience working with your position previously, things they would like to improve on and things that are already working well. Establishing relationships on a more personal level from the beginning will help you resolve issues faster when the need arises.

Track your results.

You have set up goals and action plans. Track your results not only for yourself but to use as a communication tool with your boss and/or your employees. Once you hit the three or four month mark you should be at a point where you have achieved your goals and are ready to create new ones. You should be fully acclimated to the job and the company should be fully acclimated to you.


Remember, the more information you obtain, process and utilize, the faster you will be able to excel in your new job.  Always keep an open mind and continue to assess your surroundings.  Share what you learn and use it as a communiation tool to develop the relationships that interact with you in your new role.

I hope this perspective is helpful to you in your day-to-day life.  Test out these concepts and share your results with us.  Others can benefit from your experiences.  Good luck!


Written by Lisa WoodsPresident ManagingAmericans.com

Lisa is a successful entrepreneur, world-class marketing strategist, and dynamic business leader with more than 20 years experience leading, managing and driving growth. Throughout her career, Lisa has been influential in integration techniques, organizational and cultural overhauls, financial turnarounds and developing employees into exceptional leaders, results driven managers and passionate team contributors.


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Comments (10)

Conwyn Flavell - LinkIn posted on: June 29, 2012

Find food and restroom.
Salute it if it moves otherwise fill it in.
identify the useful, the nice and the nasty.
Repeat you are new here.
Never mention your previous place was so much better.
Avoid additional responsibility they forgot in the interview.

Ganesh Baunthiyal -LinkedIn posted on: June 29, 2012

Nice one.......... Tracking of result is very important. By this, you know where you are and whether you are able to justify yourself.

Sean Whitaker -LinkedIn posted on: June 29, 2012

These are great tips. I have no doubt implementing these would help with the 'new job jitters'. Thanks for sharing.

Marsha Haygood posted on: June 29, 2012

Great reminder

Amy Brenner posted on: June 29, 2012

Great advice, thanks!

Brooke Ober posted on: June 29, 2012

Very good article....it is a good reminder that building effective teams does not just automatically happen. It requires dedication, patience, and a sincere interest in serving others. Thanks for sharing!

Karen Mount posted on: July 2, 2012

Great article. I look forward to putting your plan to work for me when I secure my next position while job hunting.

Patrick Hardesty posted on: July 10, 2012

WORK, WORK, WORK!!! Do your best to manage the transition of yourself and family. Experiencing this now, the stress is mounting, especially when home is not selling!!

Thomas posted on: October 14, 2013

There is no better article than this one to advise me on my first job. It helps me out so much! Thanks a lot!

Lisa Woods posted on: October 15, 2013

Congratulations on your job Thomas! I wish you much success. Keep me posted on your progress.


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