What is the best way to prepare for a new job?

Updated on : January 21, 2022 by Kyree Padilla



What is the best way to prepare for a new job?

One of the most common things I hear when looking for a job after college is some form of "Be an entrepreneur."

"Show them that you are capable."

"Offer help and try to prove your worth."

In theory, those are great words of wisdom. Be aggressive. Be warned. Have confidence!

My number one tip is to resist that temptation.

Let the work come to you.

When I was in my second "real" job after college, I made the mistake of AGGRESSIVELY pursuing job knowledge from day one. He was ambitious, anxious and optimistic, things that should be valued in a new hire. They weren't. I was resentful of

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One of the most common things I hear when looking for a job after college is some form of "Be an entrepreneur."

"Show them that you are capable."

"Offer help and try to prove your worth."

In theory, those are great words of wisdom. Be aggressive. Be warned. Have confidence!

My number one tip is to resist that temptation.

Let the work come to you.

When I was in my second "real" job after college, I made the mistake of AGGRESSIVELY pursuing job knowledge from day one. He was ambitious, anxious and optimistic, things that should be valued in a new hire. They weren't. My colleagues resented me until I realized that what I was doing was making them look bad. Here I was, fresh out of school with my fancy degree and clearly WAY more competitive than my co-workers were used to. I wasn't trying, but that's what was happening. In his eyes, I was arrogant. I was an idiot.

I realized it soon enough to adjust my behavior. I started listening instead of talking. I stopped trying to pretend I had already worked there for 5 years and started acting like the curious new employee. Even when I knew something, I pretended not to know if it allowed a co-worker to "help" me by explaining it.

Here's the thing: Most jobs expect you to be a fish out of water to begin with. They may play "rough" with the new guy / girl, but it is primarily a form of initiation. They hope you have no idea.

When you challenge that expectation by acting like "one of them" from day one, people often don't know how to respond. They are uncomfortable that you don't need their help.

Also, if you initially pursue the new job too aggressively, you have no room for "improvement."

When I'm on a job now I can almost immediately identify gaps and areas that I can fill in; but I don't try to fill them right away. I wait until other people notice them, so they know who really fixed it.

Don't be the overly eager rookie trying to impress 30-year-old veterans at work. Let them help you. Try to learn from them.

Let the work come to you.

Get to work early and early to every meeting

Whenever you are asked how you are doing, respond with the words "I've never been better." That is the ONLY answer to that question. Say it sincerely and with a real smile. Every time. Without exceptions.

Stand up and look everyone in the eye when you speak to them

Dress better than your peers. Dress for promotion. Look like the manager and they will make you the manager.

You will never ever be seen walking around with a cup of coffee in hand. That's the mark of loafers. Bring your laptop, a leather binder with a notebook, or a small tool. That's what worker

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Get to work early and early to every meeting

Whenever you are asked how you are doing, respond with the words "I've never been better." That is the ONLY answer to that question. Say it sincerely and with a real smile. Every time. Without exceptions.

Stand up and look everyone in the eye when you speak to them

Dress better than your peers. Dress for promotion. Look like the manager and they will make you the manager.

You will never ever be seen walking around with a cup of coffee in hand. That's the mark of loafers. Bring your laptop, a leather binder with a notebook, or a small tool. This is what workers and managers look like.

Listen before you speak. Don't wait to speak. If you need time to think, repeat the question.

You will never ever be seen with your hands in your pocket. That's the mark of a bum.

Don't be a watch watcher. Never be the first person to leave the office at night

Listen to gossip but keep your mouth shut. If you get a reputation for being silent, people will come up to you to talk and you will learn a lot. If you get a reputation for being a loudmouth, people will avoid you

Never, never overdo it. In any case, underestimate a problem or problem

Don't present problems without proposing solutions. They hired you to solve problems.

Determine who are the important people you need to meet at all levels and take her out to lunch. Invite a different person for lunch each week. You pay. Be nice. Get to know them and their opinions on work, company, culture, politics, everything. Always drive straight up. You must earn the respect of your peers, but you want to be in contact and in discussions with superiors whenever possible. Don't act over yourself. Listen more than you talk, but be in your circle. When they get used to you, they will expect you to be there with them. They will eventually make you one of them.

Learn to play golf. Nothing you can do is more important than being a golfer in a company where golf is important. In general, being able to play golf is as good as having an MBA. Being able to play golf well is as good as having an MBA from Harvard.

Forget learning the tricks of the trade, learn the trade instead

Never say no to anything, even if you know it's not possible. Yes, the problem to the death while raising the important points about the probability of failure. People who say they are not viewed as negative. Say yes even if you want to find a way not to.

Never say you will try. People who tell you that they are going to try are telling you that they plan to fail.

Never whine or complain. Find something good to say about everything, no matter how bad the situation is. They hired you to solve problems, don't become a problem that needs to be solved

Say what you gon do and then do what you said you would do

Do the job no one else wants to do

Always learn something new whenever possible

If the company pays for college classes or additional training, sign up. It will pay huge dividends for years to come.

Don't eat smelly food at your desk and if you must eat at your desk, take it down before and after.

Don't trust or trust your co-workers until you really know them.

Don't interrupt people when they speak, even if you already know what they are going to say.

Remember your three priorities at work. The first is to increase revenue and improve profitability. That's why they hired you. The second is to make your boss always look good. The third is always, without exception, to present a positive attitude.

As a selfish supplement, consider buying my book. "Lessons in Success from Failure" by Jay Howard on Amazon for more information on how to be successful at work.

Well done!

My advice: make sure you spend enough time understanding the hidden rules, culture, and values ​​of the organization. It may seem simple or obvious, but I personally failed my last two jobs for these reasons.

I was in a big organization once and there was a lot of politics. The quality of their work was less important than their ability to maintain good relationships with all members of the group. I didn't, I was never promoted.

Consequently, I disagree with some of the answers. If you have to do politics (and chances are you have to), DO IT.

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Well done!

My advice: make sure you spend enough time understanding the hidden rules, culture, and values ​​of the organization. It may seem simple or obvious, but I personally failed my last two jobs for these reasons.

I was in a big organization once and there was a lot of politics. The quality of their work was less important than their ability to maintain good relationships with all members of the group. I didn't, I was never promoted.

Consequently, I disagree with some of the answers. If you have to do politics (and chances are you have to), DO IT. If you don't like it, you can always stop. But while you are there, follow the rules, this will make your life easier.

Never lose your temper. It has also happened to me several times. Subsequently, people judge you totally incapable of handling any kind of pressure or responsibility. Even if you were right.

Don't overly obviously point out the flaws in the new organization you're joining. Even if he is right, and that in fact, the previous organization was doing better.

Be careful what you say and to whom you are saying it. Especially when you don't know them. Some people seem very nice, in fact they are not and they don't give a shit. I was recently fired for this. Right after, a colleague of mine who was a bit surprised came to visit me. He started telling me all the unspoken stories about managers, history, special facts about people, etc. If he had known this in the first place, he would have acted totally differently.

Once you have a good friend in the organization, try to get that information as quickly as possible. You will save yourself months trying to figure it out yourself.

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Ezekiel's advice for recent college graduates who are in their first career (as he gave to his cousin who just started working recently).

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1) Think like a CEO today, not tomorrow: (#drive)
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Don't wait to be CEO before Active thinking about the decisions you would make differently than the current CEO.

In fact, think about it now before climbing the ladder, as you will be blind to many things when you are higher up.

If you think about it now ... you will learn things that you will never be able to learn again when you are in a

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#ManagerDevelopment #Curriculum
#NewHire #FirstCareer #Principles

Ezekiel's advice for recent college graduates who are in their first career (as he gave to his cousin who just started working recently).

+++++++++++++++
1) Think like a CEO today, not tomorrow: (#drive)
+++++++++++++
Don't wait to be CEO before Active thinking about the decisions you would make differently than the current CEO.

In fact, think about it now before climbing the ladder, as you will be blind to many things when you are higher up.

If you think about it now ... you will learn things that you can never learn again when you are in an executive position.

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2) Write the best emails you can: (#groupintelligence)
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Learn to write incredibly clear emails. Specifically, emails that your boss can forward without any other summaries or adjustments.

If you can write such an email; it can directly influence your company, even as an entry level.

Most people write poor emails; however,
an incredibly clear email will circulate through an organization quickly.

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3) Understand that companies are assembly lines; and what that means: (#mastermind)
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Understand that every business acts like an assembly line. Understanding the weaknesses in an assembly line is due to the fact that there is a lack of connection between the areas.

Thinking exercise:

Imagine the first American assembly line: Henry Ford builds a car, the Model T; with a hundred workers and ten foremen for each main section.

Now imagine Henry Ford telling the ten foremen that they need to build a new car, the Model S; and here are all the parts ... but then it walks away without further guidance.

What will happen?

This is exactly how most businesses are run today. To counteract this, you must become a master builder and coordinate the areas.

But this will make you overload ...

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4) Reflect today on how to coach others: (#mastermind)
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So you need to actively reflect on how to scale and teach this skill to understand assembly lines ... to build masters to others.

There is no one right way; But the sooner you can do this successfully, the faster you can scale.

# Leadership # Mentoring

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Yes,

Shut up and watch as much as you can, the first few months are mostly about learning how the system works.

If you see areas for improvement, keep them to yourself for now. Just learn how the system works.

If you are up to date, let's say in about 3 months, you should have identified the people with whom you relate well and who can be friends.

You need to know who is in charge and who will take your ideas and help you implement them without feeling offended or trying to downplay it.

This is the person who will come up with your ideas.

I have learned that the less people know about you, the more work

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Yes,

Shut up and watch as much as you can, the first few months are mostly about learning how the system works.

If you see areas for improvement, keep them to yourself for now. Just learn how the system works.

If you are up to date, let's say in about 3 months, you should have identified the people with whom you relate well and who can be friends.

You need to know who is in charge and who will take your ideas and help you implement them without feeling offended or trying to downplay it.

This is the person who will come up with your ideas.

I've learned that the less people know about you, the more respect they will work for each other.

Also, first impressions usually go by the wayside, it's so easy to rub someone you've just met the wrong way, without even knowing it.

So it's best to take a low profile and study the people, the system, and the culture in the new workplace.

After this, you can make informed decisions about who to befriend, who to get help from, and who to share your problem with.

All the best.

And remember, if you choose a job, the best way to get ahead is to keep moving forward. Try not to stay in one place for more than 2 years, that only limits its growth and exposure.

  1. Seniors: Be nice to seniors, learn all you can from them, but don't be the only one sweetening the benefits.
  2. Administration - Administration may be out of sync or incompetent. Don't really get involved in correcting them or suggesting action. Management is directly related to the CEO and does nothing to offend them.
  3. Knowledge - Make sure you are hungry for knowledge every day, don't just be satisfied with all the work that is assigned to you. Always be ready to learn mineral and more. You may end up being vice president one day.
  4. Competition: if it is corporate, there is
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  1. Seniors: Be nice to seniors, learn all you can from them, but don't be the only one sweetening the benefits.
  2. Administration - Administration may be out of sync or incompetent. Don't really get involved in correcting them or suggesting action. Management is directly related to the CEO and does nothing to offend them.
  3. Knowledge - Make sure you are hungry for knowledge every day, don't just be satisfied with all the work that is assigned to you. Always be ready to learn mineral and more. You may end up being vice president one day.
  4. Competition: If it's corporate, there will definitely be someone who is better than you or just pretends to be better than you just to look down on you. Pay no attention to all this and keep working with honesty and dedication.
  5. Relationships between departments: Your office would be made up of many departments. Make sure you are friends with everyone around you. It will definitely help when you want to change within the company, you will have an idea of ​​all the work.
  6. Opportunities - Assuming this is your first job, never put your job above all else, make sure you find other ways to invest your hard-earned money in something more substantial so that you're always happy with your salary and don't complain about how you least. they pay.
  7. Health: put health before everything else, it will be a sedentary lifestyle. If you pledge your health for money today, you may have to pledge your health money too soon. So don't miss the workout at all.
  8. Don't overwork: I understand the enthusiasm with which a new worker joins an organization, but remember one thing, work only for what you get paid. If you keep your "I'll do whatever you give me" attitude, they will definitely give you more.
  9. Be humble - be good everywhere, you may be nominated for an evaluation before others.

All the best and congratulations

Soon I will start a new job. Do you have any advice?

This is going to sound a bit bad, but I keep it:

Be a yes-man, at least in the beginning.

Too many people who start new jobs (especially if they are the first out of college) think they are "on top" of certain tasks. I'm too good for that! This arrogance limits you and makes your boss think that you only want to do the things that bring glory and recognition instead of the essential work. It's like in sports (say, soccer) everyone wants to be the hero who scores the winning goal at the last minute to save their team, but no one wants to.

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Soon I will start a new job. Do you have any advice?

This is going to sound a bit bad, but I keep it:

Be a yes-man, at least in the beginning.

Too many people who start new jobs (especially if they are the first out of college) think they are "on top" of certain tasks. I'm too good for that! This arrogance limits you and makes your boss think that you only want to do the things that bring glory and recognition instead of the essential work. It's like in sports (let's say soccer) everyone wants to be the hero who scores the winning goal at the last minute to save their team, but no one wants to be the scorned defender who is always covering for their teammates, exhausting lungs, and defending as if his life depended on it.

That said, there is a fine line between showing your flexibility and ability and being taken advantage of because you always say yes to everything. That's why I say you should only do it at the beginning.

Another thing is this: accept each and every opportunity to participate in presentations or conferences. If your boss needs someone to give them a speech or presentation on a topic, take advantage of that opportunity! These days, the people who really succeed in their careers are those with social worth and prestige; Speaking engagements are fantastic opportunities to (I hate this term) market your personal brand.

Good luck!

What I would do:

  • ask for anything you can prepare / learn in advance regarding the company and its products / services
  • Ask for anything that helps you perform better, whether it's reading a book, learning about Salesforce, or listening to a specific podcast. Research the position online and familiarize yourself with future assignments.
  • Email one of your future colleagues and ask for their advice as well. What do you wish you had done differently? Is there any way to prepare?
  • Make sure the whole contract thing is tidy and there will be no problem with that.
  • Make sure you know where to go first
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What I would do:

  • ask for anything you can prepare / learn in advance regarding the company and its products / services
  • Ask for anything that helps you perform better, whether it's reading a book, learning about Salesforce, or listening to a specific podcast. Research the position online and familiarize yourself with future assignments.
  • Email one of your future colleagues and ask for their advice as well. What do you wish you had done differently? Is there any way to prepare?
  • Make sure the whole contract thing is tidy and there will be no problem with that.
  • Make sure you know where to go on the first day, who to ask, etc. Ask if you are not sure.
  • Be aware of how you dress and the first impression you make. Make sure you convey the right attitude from the beginning (I know very little, but I will do my best to catch up asap, I am willing to do tasks that will get me there, even if they are not). just as sophisticated / rewarding as everyone else and, most importantly, I am willing to learn whatever it takes from me).
  • Relax, take a deep breath. Make sure you go to bed early enough to get enough sleep, even if you can't sleep due to nerves, etc. Prepare anything regarding transportation / clothing, etc. in advance.
  • Don't panic, you got the job because the company believes in your ability to do it. Even if it is difficult in the beginning, you will get it. No one expects me to perform 100% on the first day.

I hope this helps.

Yes. Few.

I guess you are cooler.

  1. Certain jobs have that inherent responsibility that you must take on. Don't take these responsibilities lightly. We have a habit of taking things lightly like we did during our college days. Those days are over.
  2. You may have to manage the people below you. Sometimes they can be superior to you. Managing people is an art in itself. Learn as soon as possible and it will help you move up the corporate ladder.
  3. Corporate affairs work differently. Each company has its own work culture. Respect it and follow the rules.
  4. Writing an email is not as simple as it is
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Yes. Few.

I guess you are cooler.

  1. Certain jobs have that inherent responsibility that you must take on. Don't take these responsibilities lightly. We have a habit of taking things lightly like we did during our college days. Those days are over.
  2. You may have to manage the people below you. Sometimes they can be superior to you. Managing people is an art in itself. Learn as soon as possible and it will help you move up the corporate ladder.
  3. Corporate affairs work differently. Each company has its own work culture. Respect it and follow the rules.
  4. Writing an email is not as simple as sending a message on WhatsApp. Anything you put in writing can also be used against you. You are responsible for it.
  5. Remember, the more salary you get, the more responsibilities will come. There will also be a shift in work-life balance. You need to find the right balance and then decide whether the job is right for you or not.
  6. Promotions and transfers are part of the jobs. So, don't put too much expectation on it. But work-life balance is important. So, talk to your HR and make sure you're on the right track.
  7. It is important to learn to relate to people. Corporate policy plays an important role in promotions and transfers. So learn how to talk to people and stay connected. Also learn how to deal with your immediate superior.
  8. It is often said that people do not leave companies, they leave their manager. So your line manager decides what your work life would be like. Stay on good terms with him.
  9. Stay ahead by keeping all the current news and information related to your work and company. Participate in events, do social activities, and try to be active.
  10. Lastly, enjoy your work. 80% of people keep complaining about being in the wrong place. You spend most of your time at work. So, try to enjoy it as much as possible.

The four Ps:

  1. Righ now
  2. Cuts
  3. Professional
  4. Competent

Do these things and you will be fine. Leave your luggage at home, do not get involved with your co-workers in any way other than in a professional way. Be courteous (especially to the public / clients) and be good at your job.

It is more difficult than it looks.

Hello there,

You asked: What are some good tips for starting a new job?

Here's a "9 Don'ts" list if you want to settle into your new job quickly and smartly ...

1: criticize anything

Lack of technology or resources, lack of perks, noise level, excessive number of meetings, obstacles you have to overcome to get things done ... there may be many things that you dislike.

Take my advice: don't criticize. Learn to bite your tongue.

To resist. You have many avenues (such as online forums) to channel your inner critic. A new job is not one of them.

2: Complaint A

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Hello there,

You asked: What are some good tips for starting a new job?

Here's a "9 Don'ts" list if you want to settle into your new job quickly and smartly ...

1: criticize anything

Lack of technology or resources, lack of perks, noise level, excessive number of meetings, obstacles you have to overcome to get things done ... there may be many things that you dislike.

Take my advice: don't criticize. Learn to bite your tongue.

To resist. You have many avenues (such as online forums) to channel your inner critic. A new job is not one of them.

2: Complain about anything

No te quejes de nada ni de nadie, ni siquiera de tus desplazamientos. Una vez que haya establecido su valor, puede hacerlo. Pero, ¿por qué harías eso incluso entonces?

Desarrolle el buen hábito de no ser un quejoso. Y quédate con eso.

3: Compare Your Present Company With Your Last Company

“In my last company we used to…blah….blah…blah”. Don’t do that.

Don’t make comparisons between your current company and your previous company.

Your peers at your new company might not come right out and say it. But what they will think is, “Why didn’t he just stay in that job – if it was so great?”

4: Boast About How Good You Are

Confidence does not need to be trumpeted. You may be tempted to boast about how good you are. Do not do it. Instead let your work speak for you.

If you are good at what you do, and you have a great work ethic, it will be noticed.

People will say, “What a great work ethic”, “Wow she has such a strong grasp of this”.

You don’t need to toot your own horn as if you are part of the San Jose Symphony.

5: Refuse To Do Anything

Don’t say “I don’t do that” or “I can't do that.” It may be off-putting to discover, you have to take care of some low-level, time-consuming, tedious and professionally non-valuable tasks. You should never outright refuse to do them. Your predecessor may have been doing them. There will come a time – after you have established your value – when you will be able to speak up, and get those tasks switched.

6: Be Unapproachable

Don’t make it such that people can’t approach you. Don't start telling them off if they interrupt you, disturb you, want to engage in a friendly conversation with you, or ask you something for the umpteenth time. The only people who have a right to be unapproachable are geniuses. So unless you’ve been told again and again you are a genius, I would work on being as approachable as you can. Patience will go much further than you ever dreamed of…I guarantee you that.

7: Hold Your Tricks To Yourself And Be Unwilling To Help Team Members

Life is not a zero-sum game.

By helping others, you win. And the person you help wins. Don’t resist sharing your expertise.

More importantly, don’t resent sharing your expertise.

Become known as the “go to” person, the one with the expertise.

Don’t let your mind spin on things like “Oh, she shouldn’t be asking me this – she is in a senior position – she should already know this”. Steer away from those thoughts.

Be happy to be the go to person, the super user, and the one who people turn to. It’s better to be ahead, rather than behind.

It establishes you as being an authority.

And that my friend is an opportunity, not a liability.

8: Cause A Nuisance To Any Of The People Who Sit Around You

Some obvious things to avoid - being loud, being obnoxious, taking people’s stuff without asking them, leaving dirty plates around. Be sensitive to the needs of the people around you. It will serve you well.

9: Have Long Lunches And Leave Early

Taking long lunch breaks, leaving office early, taking time off, being late to meetings, and such - these are things to do only after you prove your value. This should be obvious to most of you, but it helps to restate it.

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