7 Steps To Find Success In Your New Position

Posted on August 24, 2017

Whenever you start a new job there’s a learning curve. In my second book, WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD, I talk a lot about the trials and tribulations of my very first job after college. And trust me – it’s embarrassing to read. I was SO bad at my job – HA! Whenever you start a new position, here are seven steps to take to ensure that you find success. And remember, there should be a learning curve, mistakes are okay (as long as you learn from them), and it typically takes a good three months to get used to the position.

1. Learning the Actual Tasks. Take out a pen and paper and take notes – so many notes. Now, it’s important to remember where you keep these notes. Many people take notes while training for a job and then weeks later when it’s time to put those notes to use, they can’t find their own notes. They ask their supervisor for help and the supervisor responds with something like, “we already went over this in your training.”

2. Understanding the Processes that Enable you to Manage Your Tasks. Every company has a different way of organizing and storing information and just a general way of doing things. Take the time to ask questions and understand what processes you need to be aware of, track, and follow.

3. Ensuring that you get tasks done in the right amount of time. It’s one thing to do tasks but it’s another to measure the time it’s taking you to do certain tasks. You want to make sure you understand the expectation. Does your team expect you to send out 12 emails out each hour? What happens if you only send out 2? Be aware of these things.

4. Making sure you and your team (and your boss) are on the same page about how you prioritize the different tasks that you are responsible for. Going along with the above point about understanding how much time certain tasks should take, you want to make sure you understand the priorities of your team and boss. If you have 20 items on your to-do list, what do you prioritize?

5. Having an idea of how overflow should get handled (what to prioritize, when you might or might not need to work after hours, and just the expectations/limits of your position). The idea here is asking the questions so you don’t make any assumptions. The best advice I was ever given was that assumptions lead to mistakes. So stop assuming! When your boss emails you after working hours, are you expected to answer? If you get slammed one day and can’t finish your work, what’s the protocol?

6. Asking for help from other team members who might touch your workload on strategies they use to get everything off their plate and accomplish what they need to for the day. Once you have a handle on your daily tasks, processes, and how to prioritize your workload, ask your team members for advice on how they manage their days. It’s great to learn from other people who have been in your situation before or have to manage similar responsibilities.

7. Communicating when you have questions or are unsure about something. I can’t say this enough. When you have questions, ask them. Just ask them. That’s all.

8. Speaking to your supervisor about how frequently they’d like updates about your progress. A piece of advice I frequently give is, “be loud about your workload”. You want to make sure your boss knows you are hustling. Ask your boss how frequently he/she wants to be updated on your progress. It’s always good to be really specific, direct, and try to communicate with them in a way they prefer to be communicated with.

For more advice on that first job, read my book, WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD, and check out more of my advice blogs on LaurenBergerInc.com.