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How to Handle the Pomp and Circumstance of Your New Job

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Much pomp and circumstance surround the inauguration of the person elected to the highest office in the free world. As well it should be, considering the awesome responsibility that goes along with this office.

Your new job may not get as much press globally, however, there are some similarities that could have you feeling downright presidential. Consider these 5 tips on how to manage that ‘presidential feeling’ in a new environment and when everyone may not be a supporter:

1. You Receive Invitations to Commemorate the Occasion. No doubt, there will be a certain amount of celebration that goes along with earning your new position. Family, friends and other well-wishers in your circle will want to heap congratulations on you. If these take the form of dinner and drinks, use some self-control, especially, if said celebration happens the evening prior to your first day on the job. The last thing you want to do is show up with a headache (or worse) on your very first day “in office.” Consider taking rain checks on those invitations until you can sleep in the next day.

To read the four additional tips such as how to face those who did ‘not’ support your candidacy and why you shouldn’t bask in the ‘new-job’ glow too long, please visit my full post at Glassdoor: “New Job? 5 Tips Learned From The Presidential Inauguration.”

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Image via Air Force District of Washington, Flickr

What NOT to Do When You’re New on the Job

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Many new hires are so anxious to make friends and a good impression that they often make mistakes that will leave them with neither. To ensure this isn’t you, check out the list below of 10 things you should be cautious of when you’re the new kid on the block:

1. Don’t tell your new manager how your old manager did things. Unless you were hired to be a change agent in your new position, your new company has little interest in how your old company handled things. Your new company has likely been successfully doing things the same way for a while, and there isn’t much that will scorch a manager’s ears like a new hire trying to change policies and procedures that have worked well.

Avoid saying things like, “That’s not how we used to do it at the Ajax Company.” It is almost certain that unless someone specifically asked how you did things at the Ajax Company, your new company doesn’t want to know. Use this phrase too often, and you could find yourself back on the street.

To read the full story over at U.S. News & World Report, click here: 10 Bush-League No-Nos When Starting a New Job.

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