Succeed In Your New Position

“In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed:
They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it.
And they must have a sense of success in it.”

- Pre-Raphaelitism (1851) -

Once you accept a new position, prepare yourself for success on the job. Conduct an informal assimilation with your manager and coworkers to transition successfully into the established system and culture. Uncover the kind of information that will lead you along the path of success.

Request a meeting with your new manager and proceed as follows:

  • Review your position description 

  • Ask about expectations and preferred method of communication

  • Set specific goals (exercise 1)

  • Agree on due dates and resources

  • Clarify your understanding of goals and expectations

  • Note specific objectives against which you will be measured. Familiarize yourself with the company’s performance appraisal system and standard performance factors.

  • Request interim performance discussions to ensure your overall performance meets your manager’s expectations

Integrate with your coworkers:

  • Introduce yourself

  • Show interest in others 

  • Offer to help out

Consider these career development tips as you assimilate to your new job:

  • Find a mentor – seek out positive role models you respect who can provide insight about your career progression

  • Develop your skills – look for opportunities to learn new skills on the job as well as attending training programs that support your career goal

  • Track your accomplishments – build your accomplishments database

  • Maintain contact with people in your job search network – these people can provide you continuing guidance about your career advancement

  • Adopt the “BE” attitudes

Continue to exercise 2: Plan For Successful Communication