Make the best out of your new job

Once you start a job, you are on a career ladder. You need to learn fast and you need to learn well how and what you should do to advance your career. It is easy when you know how - and this article will try to outline a tiny guidebook which can help you take the right decisions in difficult times, and ordinary ones too. Many things, that comes with experience, come unfortunately at some cost or other. The following advice is meant to get you the benefits of experience, at no cost.

In the beginning?

  • Read your offer letter thoroughly. Read it line by line and understand it. Where you do not, or are in doubt, you ask for clarifications. Know what you are entitled to - your perks, your benefits, your leave, your bonus, etc. Seek clarifications where in doubt. Your duties and rights should be crystal clear to you.
  • If this is your first job, or just one more new job in your career, you will have to learn to prioritize. Most people are conditioned to think that they should do their job vis-?-vis the larger picture of the company. Rather, you should do your job in the best way you can. By giving your best to your job, not only you will be recognized as a special worker, you will also find lots of offers to move on.
  • You are new, and people will want to know about you - be ready to answer questions about yourself time and again in the first two to three weeks. Have a brief synopsis about yourself - like your educational background, past experience, your home town and interests. At the same time, be careful to listen well to what other have to say about themselves. Effective communication is more listening than talking.
  • Make it a point to get to know your colleagues by name. Find out a bit about each of them and mingle well. Always network - the best information and help you will find in your career will always come from effective networking.
  • Actively seek out material and information about the company you are working with and learn about it. Pay attention to the direction the company has moved in, in the past five years and its plans for the next five years.
  • Respect the culture and the dress code of the company. You need not blend in the background, but do not stand out either. Each one of us has a unique style, but during work, this uniqueness should not be played up.
  • Once you have your space in the office, try to customize it to your style. While doing so, keep in mind that this is your office not your drawing room. Having one photograph of your family/ fianc?/ fianc?e/ children/ pet can make your cabin/ cubicle or desk cozy and comfortable. Do not overdo it however - it is in bad taste to have your whole album displayed over.
  • Be extremely organized in your tasks. Plan well - and implement better. Aim at being known as a dependable and willing worker. Always be there ready to help. Sometimes, this type of attitude will attract too much work - but in the long run, you will be on the 'cool' list of most of your colleagues.
  • Find out when and how the pay check is disbursed. Most companies nowadays transfer the payment directly to the bank, which is a very convenient method. In this case you will need to provide your bank details. If not, see if this could be done on request.
  • Get to know what is expected of you. What is your job about? Do not assume anything. It will take you sometime from one week to one month to totally fit in the organization. Until then, be alert and try to understand the job expectations to the last detail. Be in constant touch with your reporting authority.