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Biggest Secret About A New Job

Biggest secret about a new job? Well, part of it is that nobody is born an expert. Same goes with someone who is a new hire. You aren’t instantly productive. Why? Because it takes time to acquire the knowledge required to do it, and do it well. Each job has unique nuances, tasks, and needs. And honestly, the biggest secret about a new job really lies in the fact that there is the dreaded learning curve. And you know what? That learning curve isn’t fun. In fact, it pretty much sucks. The reason is that no one likes to have… Read »




New Job: How To Rock the First 30 Days

You got the new job and are on top of the world! There so much possibility.  Everything is bright and shiny. This is everything you ever wanted. Awesome. Now it’s time to rock it like the rock star that you are. Some companies will provide an on-boarding process through an orientation or new employee training. But the truth is that many are rather lacking in this department. And this is where you can positively shine and totally rock it. You need to develop a plan to rock the first 30 days of your new job, and here’s a template to… Read »




Treating Others Badly Will Hurt Only One Person… You

Treating others can come back to haunt you. Late in February, a firestorm erupted online. You may have already heard about this as many media outlets and people on social media worldwide started discussing it as a stunning example of unspeakable arrogance. The situation: The head of the Cleveland job bank, Kelly Blazek, responded to a job seeker’s very reasonable email request to connect to her group… with a scathing and battering reply.  Personally, my heart aches for the young careerist (and anyone else who reached out to Ms. Blazek who was treated with the same reaction). Do you remember… Read »




Fitting Into A New Company

Just like breaking in a new car, there’s that “honeymoon” period after you start your first day that requires extra special care and attention. You can’t hit the gas too hard otherwise you risk spinning out of control and skidding out of the lines, even before you know where the lane markers are. Smart career managers realize that it takes a delicate balance of assertively stepping up to job tasks and gaining the respect of co-workers and counterparts while carefully navigating around unknown landmines which could blow up right underneath their feet. Treading carefully and quietly is the savviest career move you can make… Read »





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