Personally, I never feel more pressure than in the first three months of a new role. Admittedly, a lot of that pressure is self inflicted because I’m very conscious of establishing myself within a new team, making a good impression and achieving some results quickly. My aim is to have Management consciously recognising that I have made things better and therefore being reassured that my appointment was a wise decision. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when starting a new role.
Build rapport and build it quick. Chances are that you are joining a team where relationships and a team culture or ‘way of doing things’ has already been established. Some thoughtful people will make an attempt to get to know you, however people are busy and being the new person, you should make the effort to connect with others. Some benefits of quickly settling into the team culture are:
I have spent the past week splitting my time between my new role and my current role whilst my former and new Manager continue to dispute one another regarding my release date (HR has also become involved).
That drama aside, I am really enjoying my new role. The change in work has really highlighted to me how stagnant I had become in my prior role, and how fantastic it feels to be looking forward to coming to work each day. I am a firm believer that everybody should pursue work that they feel passionate about and abandon the often negative connotations associated with work, particularly full-time office work. These negative connotations are often the reason I will get a strange look if I admit to being ‘career driven‘ or to ‘loving the work I do‘.
So you aced the interview and have accepted the job offer. Now’s not the time to drop the ball! The way that you interact with your new employer during your transition period can tell them a lot about the type of employee you will be. Further, the preparation that you undertake leading up to your start date will ensure that you hit the ground running.
There is no such thing as a perfect resume template, because the way your resume looks depends on such personal factors. For example, if you are a graduate with minimal work experience, you will need to highlight your studies and extracurricular activities, whereas if you’re an executive you probably won’t even have an extracurricular section. At the earlier stages of your career, you will be conveying your responsibilities and as you progress, these will evolve to achievements. Appearance wise, a graphic designer’s resume should look markedly different to a lawyer’s resume. Personally, I change my font depending on whether I am applying to a conservative law firm or a more modern corporation.
These are a few tips which I think apply to resumes across the board. I have also attached a template in Word to get you started if you’re creating a resume for the first time. (more…)
I used to find it a tad inconvenient to run personal errands whilst working in an office job, however these days with online banking, online shopping and email, it’s hardly necessary to leave my desk. That said, I love a productive lunch hour as it’s time that I’ve managed to claw back from my weekend. Here are my top 5 productive lunch break activities for those who work in the CBD or a similarly well serviced locality. (more…)
It took me an entire year of job searching before I nabbed my ideal role. There was a fair bit of angst, the turning down of some offers, dealing with a lot of rejection and of course, chasing interviews. Prior to this, I had only ever applied for roles through the conventional approach of submitting an application in response to an advertisement. When this approach didn’t yield enough results, I had to branch out and create my own opportunities. Here are some of my learnings.
If you are thinking of undertaking further study, whether it is to improve in your chosen field, change fields or just learn a new skill, I highly recommend it. My loved ones would tell you (as they roll their eyes) that my endorsement comes as no surprise, since I am a relentless advocate for continual self improvement, and the improvement of those around me (much to their dismay).
When I first started postgraduate study, I didn’t realise that there would be so many aspects I was going to enjoy. So now that I have two small bouts of post-grad learning behind me and am about to commence my MBA, here are some benefits I have experienced which may help you make up your mind.