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If you are starting a new job today, congratulations. It is an outstanding achievement to win a position in such a highly competitive employment market at a time when a devastating pandemic continues to rage, and layoffs are ongoing and probably will increase.
Here are four ideas you should take to work with you on that first day.
- Feel grateful, not entitled. You need to demonstrate, from day one, that you will do what it takes to earn your employer’s continued confidence — results matter. Do not take anything for granted. Remember, this is not just about you.
- “Mind how you go.” That is a British phrase that means be self-aware regarding the people and politics that are part of every organization. Be friendly but sensitive to alliances — supporters and those who may see you as a threat, whether real or imagined. Do not discount the latter.
- Find a mentor within the organization. Be subtle but do your homework. A mentor, someone successful in the organization for several years, can help you avoid any political or PR missteps.
- Be willing to adapt, be a team player. These are both vital soft skills that companies value but remember results matter.