Tips when starting a New Job

  • The boss is always right. This is the absolute truth.
  • Keep the dialogue open between you and your boss. Keep your eye and ears open for what he/she needs to be done. As much as you can anticipate these needs. This is called efficiency.
  • Your aim should be not pleasing the boss, as people usually think; but making your boss look better all around.
  • Be as indispensable as air, but always have a standby action plan in case you need to take a few days off.
  • Be as dependable as a rock. The buck should stop at you. You cannot imagine how fast the reputation of a dependable person grows.
  • Learn to work smart - it is very important to have great results. But it is equally important to show how much hard work went into these great results. If your boss/colleagues never see you sweat (working smart) - they will never really value your work, however difficult it might be.
  • Always be part of the solution not the problem. When a problem comes to you, take it to its logical end. The buck stops with you.
  • There is always scope to improve. Never stop improving. Never stop wanting to improve.
  • Always be on the lookout to step into bigger shoes. Make your career graph and plan your upward movement carefully. It might not be steeply vertical, but it should not be horizontal either.
  • Learn to love what you are doing. If you cannot, quit and get a job which involves what you love. Your highest productivity will be then, when you love what you do.
  • Seek satisfaction as much as you seek financial gratification in a job. Both are critical to the quality of life.
  • Always be ready to do a favor for anyone who asks. This is the best way to connect and build a network. Sometimes, all that keep you from the opportunity of your lifetime is one tiny favor.
  • When you ask for a raise, be sure you can convince your boss that you deserve it. A raise should be well deserved.
  • If by the end of the first year in the organization if you are not happy with what you are doing, quit.