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How Do You Put Your Best Foot Forward At A New Job?

Scarce jobs and corporate belt-tightening have made this a pretty important time to really shine at a new job. How do you put your best foot forward? Photo by foundphotoslj.

Starting at a new company is like going on a safari. You know roughly where you’re going, but you’ll find an enormous amount of new along the way. Navigating the start of the journey is critically important to making sure you don’t get eaten by a lion. At the productivity blog Stepcase Lifehack, they’ve put together a motivating list of ways to put your best foot forward at a new job, including this often overlooked bit of advice:

Check in with your supervisor: Not all managers will go out of their way to tell you if you’re doing your job correctly. That makes it important for you to seek out that information on your own, especially when you’re first getting started and can change your approach. You never want to wait until your first performance review to find out just how well your supervisor actually thinks you’re doing.

It’s true that not all managers tell you how you’re doing, but there are just as many managers who frankly aren’t very good communicators. Talking to your boss and asking for professional feedback is a great way to make sure you don’t become an half-hearted aside at the golf course (“The new guy? Half the time I don’t think he even knows what department he works in.”)

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to your first day on the job? How could you have put your best foot forward at your current job, and what will you do to get off to a solid start at your next job? Check out more tips at the link below and share your sage workplace advice in the comments below. A New Employer: 8 Steps to Put Your Best Foot Forward [Stepcase Lifehack]


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