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Starting a new position

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Question: What are the first things you do when starting a new position? -- Anonymous


I find out where the bathroom is:~)

1. Find out anything you can about the company you are working for. You might have already done this before you even interviewed for the position. In case you haven't though, inquire about it; that way you can talk intelligently to other co-workers about the organization (in case the subject comes up in conversation).

2. If you are new to the area, find out what things there are to do close by. Inquire about the local eating establishments or shopping areas.

3. Find a mentor.

4. Seek out those with similar interests as you.

Get to know the people, their titles and the organizational "tree" (who reports to whom).

People are the greatest asset in any organization You may need their help in the future, so try to be as helpful as you can both in person & on the phone to everyone you meet. You'd be surprised how people react to a person who's helpful & friendly -- they are amazed!

Even if you don't know the answer to someone's question, just being helpful can go a long way. It will help you win friends, and everyone needs friends, especially when you're new to an organization.

Make a "cheat sheet" index card spiral that you can tuck away in your desk. If you only work for one boss this will be great...I work for 7 executives, and I use this index file to write the following info so I don't have to ask them more than one time for it.

*Travel preferences (airline seating etc...)
*Rental Car preferences
*Travel club information (One Pass #'s etc...)
*Credit Card info / with Exp. Date
Then I write down other info that I hear to remind me of things..
*wife's name / children's names
*favorite restaurants / hotels in different cities

Then I might add items on a different card that has all the area restaurant's phone numbers, Area rental agencies for cars and banquet supplies, and information for any sporting venues close to our office.
You could add anything that you need within your reach quickly. I think of it as my "Della Street" file (from the TV show Perry Mason)...Ask you mom if you don't know who that is...

Be sure you lock that index file up, as such information should not be in anyone else's reach.
It works, and it makes me indispensible at times to my bosses.
Good Luck!
Lana Dunkerley, Houston, TX

1. Learn as much as possible about the inner workings of the company. Learn areas that may not be part of your position now, but who knows what the future may hold for you, so be ready if the opportunity presents itself.
2. Be very careful in what you say about yourself or others. Learn the coworkers and employees and then make your decision on who you can confine in and who you go to for answers.
3. Make sure you always are on time. Become dependable and punctual at all times.
4. And most of all, no matter what, keep smiling and maintain a positive attitude.

Assuming I know about the company,I like to go through the files, both paper and edocs for additional info that will prove helpful in doing my new job. If my predecessor has left their position on good terms, he or she should be most willing to share some things that have worked for them. Be a good listener. I've found if you listen more and talk less, you'll be able to know who and how to approach others in your office for the help you may need in setting up.

My advice would be to make sure you know what your responsibilities are and complete each in a reasonable time frame. Although, it is more important to get it done right, than completing it earlier and having mistakes. Proofread your work at all times.

I believe being friendly, having a positive attitude and keeping your skills up-to-date are important assets. Good luck!

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