How To Start A New Job

So you managed to land a job after a long struggle and many interviews. You are feeling over the moon and thanking your stars that the ordeal is over. Right? Not really. Don’t beguile yourself into thinking that you are finally over the hump. Even after getting the job you wanted, you should be mindful of a few important things when you start working in the new company.

A research from Leadership IQ spanning 5,257 hiring managers from 312 businesses who had hired more than 20,000 employees during the survey period revealed that 46 percent of new hires fail within 18 months and only 19 percent achieve success. The top 5 reasons for new hire failure as per the research were:

  • Coachability (26%): – The ability to accept and implement feedback from bosses colleagues, customers and others.
  • Emotional Intelligence (23%): -The ability to understand and manage one?s own emotions, and accurately assess others emotions.
  • Motivation (17%): -Sufficient drive to achieve one?s full potential and excel in the job.
  • Temperament (15%): -Attitude and personality suited to the particular job and work environment.
  • Technical Competence (11%): -Functional or technical skills required to do the job.

In majority of the cases, employees did not fail as a result of not having the right technical skills. This was not cited as a reason for failure; failure was evidently linked to a lack of interpersonal skills. What this means is that interpersonal skills is one the most important tools for ensuring your success in a new job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when starting a new job.

  • Introduce yourself to other colleagues personally or through the company social network.
  • Show that you are eager to learn everything about your company?s products and services.
  • Be an active part of the company and get involved in the activities they organise.
  • if you have doubts about something, don?t hesitate to ask. Clear your doubts all the time and as soon as possible.
  • Make strong relationships that will be helpful in the future. Connect with your colleagues and bond with them.
  • Try to get regular feedback from your supervisors so that you know your strengths and weaknesses and make the necessary changes.
  • Set a goal right from the beginning and track your progress towards your set goal. Try to include your boss in your progress towards the goal.
  • Don?t feel shy to give your opinion and idea about certain things. Keep up with what’s happening in the company.
  • Be active in the company. Participate in the various social activities that the company organises. Show that you care about the company.
  • Give your suggestions and ideas to improve the company’s services and products.
  • Contribute or volunteer for projects when there is nobody to participate.
  • Before you join the company, do your research thoroughly and find out all the basic information you may need.

Some things that you could avoid are:

  • Do not be careless in your work. Keep your knowledge up to date.
  • Do not be tardy or wear inappropriate attire.
  • Do not disregard your company policies and culture. Respect and follow them even if they don?t seem ideal to you.
  • Do not compare the new company with some other company that you worked for previously.
  • Do not be over eager and impatient. Stay calm if things don?t go as you thought it would in the beginning. Give yourself some time to settle.

If you are starting a new job, these simple tips will help you avoid? mistakes and grow in the new company and be successful.

Jappreet Sethi

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Jappreet Sethi

I am a HR & Business Strategy professional with experience of leading HR & People Consulting practice of multinational professional services firms. I specialize in designing & delivering dynamic learning experiences in service of human development. I have over a decade of experience across various facets of HR and Process Consulting. I am a Six-Sigma Black Belt along with a certification in using Lean for process improvement. I am also a certified user for psychometric instruments like MBTI, FIRO, CPI & Saville Consulting Suite; I am among the few in India who specialize in using Art and Drama for Leadership Development and Personal Counseling. I have been rated twice as one of the Top 100 employee engagement experts in the world by a New York Times bestselling author.

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