Career Tips and Advice
It’s a new year and for many new media marketers, content providers and advertising experts that may mean a new position within the digital industry. As such, career coach and speaker Ford R. Myers is imparting some key advice on the optimum way to begin a new job.
“You must focus on garnering respect, visibility and credibility during your first 90 days on the job. The precedents you establish during this period will tend to last for your entire tenure at that organization. So this thumbprint period is critically important to your long-term success,” says Myers.
“Having worked with thousands of executives who have successfully secured new positions, in my opinion, there are six priorities that you should focus on during the first 90 days of any new job,” continues Myers, who wrote the book Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.
First and foremost, the author suggests new employees establish positive relationships with their colleagues by being honest, open, friendly, reliable and clear.
He also advises new staffers to earn a reputation for producing tangible results. Creating a success file and tracking accomplishments is a concrete way to document any positive feedback received from clients and colleagues.
According to Myers, it’s important to articulate the goals and status of projects to your team. You’ll get extra points for completing said projects within (or under) budget in time (or ahead of schedule).
While working on projects, work on your in-house network too. This includes both the employees above and below you—from the mail department to the HR staff and IT support team.
During the first 90 days of your new position, you’ll get a better appreciation for the responsibilities of your new position. Consequently you may need to tweak your job description with your supervisor.
Last but not least, it’s important to create a healthy balance between business and pleasure. In other words, separate your professional life from your private life. Myers warns employees not to go overboard with enthusiasm for their new position. Instead, think of the phrase “all work and no play make Jack (or Jill) a dull boy (or girl)” and make time to recharge your creative brain and career battery by establishing a life outside of work.
For additional tips on career success, visit http://www.getthejobbook.com .