Career Development: Transition
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Superior Preparation. Extraordinary Results.

How smoothly you transition into your new job and how quickly you start to contribute can have a major impact on the rate at which you progress through the organization.

Below is a list of recommendations for helping you make this transition a smooth one:

In your new job . . .

  • Observe how people interact and how things get done. Seek to understand the culture and the unwritten rules within the organization. The sooner you know these rules, the easier your job will be.
  • Seek to fit in, but do not lose sight of what makes you unique. Many employers say that they want people who see things differently and can develop innovative solutions. But they also want people who can work well with everyone and mold into the organization.
  • Work on learning the job. Rather than immediately getting involved in a professional organization, enrolling in a graduate program at night, or attending evening extension courses, focus on your job for at least six months. Learn the job inside and out, and then consider taking on new job-related activities.
  • Know what is expected of you. Make sure you are clear on what your goals are and how you are being rewarded. There should be no surprises when your performance review time rolls around.
  • Keep a journal of your accomplishments. Use the information in your journal to update your resume on a monthly or quarterly basis.
  • Think of yourself as an independent contractor. Act as if your job's future depends on how well you do your job and/or how well you address the needs of your customers. If you think about your area as a profit center, you approach things much differently.
  • Continue to work on making yourself better. Look for ways to develop new skills. Come to work with the expectation that you will add one new skill to your portfolio each week.
  • Look for solutions to problems. Managers are always impressed with those employees who not only come to them with a problem but also come with a number of solutions.