Most competitions involving a race begin with a starter pistol of some sort. “On your mark! Get set! Go! A “false start” could be the difference between winning and losing. If you’re early and “jump the gun”, you get penalized or sometimes eliminated. Can you imagine training for four years, going to the Olympics, and having a false start? Ouch! You get to stick around to compete by being right on time or (as opposed to the workplace), by being slightly late.
At your new job, you don’t want a false start either. Getting started right is key to a successful transition into your new position.
Fortunately, most new jobs provide a bit of leeway for new employees. Of course, you want to do things right the first time as much as humanly possible. However, we all know it takes a while to get oriented to new surroundings.
You should go into your new job with high expectations, yet don’t expect things to happen overnight. You didn’t build your previous career overnight, so why expect to win a trophy on day one?
I believe if you start a new job with an attitude of being teachable, you can set the stage for longevity and success. Yes, companies change and sometimes what once was is no longer, but you can increase your chances of success in many ways from the beginning. You can benefit by demonstrating a willingness to learn new things, being open to letting the company’s designated leaders mentor you and an overall sense of seeking the best outcome possible while employed there.
Here are 10 tips to help avoid a false start of your own:
Speaking of False Starts, take a look at this video compilation of some memorable ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8GGCXIjEKI
My hope is that you have not only a great start in your new job, but many years in the race.
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