It’s a very important day. Its the first day of your new job. Are you ready? Most people aren’t. They allow the job to steer them toward success–or not. But you can get an important edge by having a job plan in place.
The key to success in any job is: 1.) knowing what you want, 2.) knowing how things work, and 3.) knowing the accepted work culture.
A job plan starts with what you want. In accepting any job, you want more than just the paycheck. Take a moment to think what would make this a wonderful position. Jot down a few simple goals for this position. Keep these goals loose and flexible. A typical goal might be that this job exposes you to leadership on a team. Or maybe this job exposes you to a specific new technology. Keep an emphasis on goals that will help you succeed in the position, while preparing your for advancement.
Your second step in a job plan is to establish quickly how to learn on the job. Figure out who the team experts are, and who is possible to go to with questions. Also find out what resources are available to help you. Help desks, online resources, manuals are all available to help get you up to speed quickly. If you find you have educational needs, make sure to discuss company policies that may support outside education through seminars, college courses, or in-house instruction. Don’t neglect self-study approaches and LinkedIn group discussions.
Find out how employees in your new job communicate both with eachother and with their managers. Communication on teams is critical, but varies by company culture. Some bosses may prefer email updates, others may want communication of progress within team meetings. Reporting progress to a supervisor is an important point, study coworkers and the methods that they use to communicate need and progress toward goals. In some workplaces communication with teammembers may occur between pairs of workers, in others team meetings may be preferred.
The final step of any job plan is to consider your personal exit plan. At what point would you want to move on from this position? Do you want promotion to management? Or do you want to leave after achieving a personal goal. Having an idea of the duration of the job and what you want from it are linked needs. If you establish what you want from the job you have better odds of achieving those goals by the time you move on.
Once you have decided on the kind of job you want, you face the problem of getting from where you are now to the point where you accept the offer of a great job. If you were traveling to a place you had never been to before, you would get there most easily and most expeditiously by using a road map. In going from your present job (or unemployment) to the position of your choice, you will also use a road map. This road map is the campaign plan. The campaign plan for job hunting will guide you to logical and effective courses of action, just as other types of plans guide you in reaching objectives on the job. The campaign plan for job hunting has been designed to enable you to get the job you want in the shortest possible time.This puts you in a position to get the job offer. Your final objective is to negotiate that offer successfully Every campaign is different, reflecting different job objectives as well as different professional career goals. You must tailor your campaign to your particular situation. Your campaign plan is both a plan and an overview of the entire procedure.