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First Week on Job? [Fulfillment@Work]

Fulfillment @ Work


November 3rd, 2009
   ISSN: 1533-3906

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If you're fortunate enough to have a job, you want to do everything possible to solidify your position in the organization and demonstrate your value to decision-makers.

Here's a proven strategy almost everyone overlooks: ask your boss for a raise.

In fact, if you handle the discussion properly, not only will your boss have greater respect for you, you will be less likely to be fired or laid off!

Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss this radical approach with, a website that specializes in personal money management. Here's a link to the article:

As the author concludes, "no one's going to give you the money you deserve, unless you ask for it and explain why you deserve it!"

I also invite you to read my article below, about how to make the greatest impact during your first week on the job. Even if you've been in your position for several years, you can still benefit from these helpful tips.

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First Week on New Job?

How to make an impact while shaping the perceptions of others.

The first few days on a new job can be hectic, stressful, and, at times, almost overwhelming. But if you want to get noticed and get ahead, you need to focus on the big picture and what's most important.

  1. Build credibility with your boss.
    Set-up meetings with your boss to establish a clear understanding of expectations so both of you are on the same page. Meet those expectations and make sure you prove your value and worth early. You want your boss to feel good about hiring you. Remember, one of your first points of focus is to make your boss's job easier.

  2. Focus on your boss's most important priorities.
    By understanding what is most important to your boss, you can prioritize your work to accomplish that first. Your boss will gain immediate confidence in your work and be excited by the future possibilities.

  3. Identify early wins that can be easily accomplished.
    When you gain an early win, you help establish a positive perception of yourself. You also show your peers, your boss and senior management that you were a terrific hire and will help make your group and the organization succeed.

  4. Learn about office politics.
    Too often people join a company and are bombarded by the politics. Don't get enmeshed in office politics; however, try to glean as much as you can so you aren't negatively affected. Once you have a clear understanding of the culture and politics of the company, you can choose how best to navigate them.

  5. Be prepared.
    Since there are usually several days or weeks between when you accept the job offer and show up at work, use this time productively. Become more familiar with the company and its organizational structure. Identify influential people in the firm so you can work toward establishing relationships with them early.

  6. Proactively manage perceptions.
    Spend some time in advance determining how you want to be perceived by others in your new workplace. For example, complete these two sentences: "I want my new boss to perceive me as _______, ______, ________, _______ and ________." "I want my new coworkers to perceive me as ______, ________, _______, _______ and _______." Then, after each day during your first week on the job, make a self-evaluation to see how well you are measuring up to these goals.

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~Robert Frost

"Work harder on yourself than you do your job."

~Jim Rohn

"The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one."

~Oscar Wilde

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