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Promoting Yourself At Your New Job

16 Aug

A lot of my readers seem to come to this site via Google searches relating to new jobs, so I figured, in honor of my readers and to help those of you out that seem to be starting new jobs (which seems to be a lot of you), I thought I would discuss how to promote yourself at your new job. By promote yourself I mean get noticed and be seen by those around you.

So here is the scene. You landed a new, exciting job, and you just started or are getting ready to start.

First things first, remember that this transition into your new position is a chance to make changes and to prove yourself to your new co-workers. The spotlight will be on you for the first few weeks, or even months, with everyone always wondering what you are working on and how you are doing. Are you making a lot of mistakes? Are you catching on quickly to the new systems and protocols? Are you making connections with your co-workers and helping them get to know you?

Second thing to remember: the first day, week, or even month may not be that exciting. While I am sure you are ready to jump in and start working on everything, know that training and moving work to you takes time. So be patient. If you are slow, wait it out. I’m sure it will get better.

Ok, now that we have all of that out of the way I can get down to the meat and potatoes of the new job business.

Most of you know, I hope, that what you do in the first few months at your new job will either make or break you. It is in these first few months that you need to show your boss and your co-workers why you are such an asset to the company and that they should continue to invest time and money in you.

Here are some tips for promoting yourself around the office and making everyone know your worth:

HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

I know, I know, you might not be busy, and that’s ok. What I mean by “hit the ground running” is that you need to be ready and willing to get your feet wet and venture into various different tasks that you have never done before. If you find that you aren’t busy at first, go around the office and ask people for work or if they need help with ANYTHING. If you are busy, embrace it and do everything you can to keep up the pace. Your company is going to want to see that you can be productive and that you are benefitting them.

PROMOTE YOUR SKILLS

You can do this through the various assignments you have, at meetings, or in discussions with your co-workers or your boss. It is my advice to try to promote your skills – the skills that set you apart – at every chance you get. If you are a nurse and you are great with patients, make sure others notice this. If you are an attorney and are a great brief writer, volunteer to take a stab at writing a brief. If you are in sales and you are good at cold calls, make sure your boss recognizes this. While I don’t want you to go and tell someone every time you do something great – don’t be afraid to brag a little bit. For example, if you land a big client your first month on the job don’t be afraid to admit this in meeting when discussing the new account. If you don’t mention it, no one will.

GET INVOLVED

If your co-workers invite you to lunch, happy hours, conferences, etc., make sure that you go. They are inviting you because they want to get to know you and they want you to get involved. I know that going to social events with people you don’t know can be strange and awkward, but it is a part of establishing a career and expanding your network. Getting involved can even be as simple as joining the company softball team. The point is that you want to start building a connection to your co-workers right away.

UNDERSTAND THE COMPANY CULTURE

Every company has a very different culture. By culture I  mean anything from actual culture (my last company was primarily Indian dominated and so they celebrated many Indian holidays), office hours, where people eat lunch, how long they eat lunch, how people dress, whether people schmooze in the hallways, whether they go out for a drink after work, etc. Understanding all of the nuances of your new company will allow you to ensure that you are doing things in accordance with what everyone else has become accustomed to. You don’t want to be the Chatty Cathy if talking in the hallways is unacceptable.

If you are finding it hard to figure some of this stuff out, ask someone you feel comfortable talking with.

NEVER SAY NO

Even if you are slammed and have been asked if you can help out, DON’T SAY NO. Even if you have plans after work and have been asked to attend a speaking event or a happy hour or some other business-related event, DON’T SAY NO. While you don’t have to say Yes to everything the entire time you work at this new company, you need to say Yes the first few months you work there. Not only will saying yes show your dedication to the company, but it will probably give you a chance to build some relationships with your co-workers.

Job Hunting? Why You Need Help From Your Social Media

26 Jan

This morning I was talking to a friend about the best ways to look for jobs. My friend told me that her sister, who is having a hard time finding a job, has a list of websites that she goes to every day – Careerbuilder, Monster, and some specialized websites. When I heard this I nearly choked on my coffee. Last I checked getting a job from Monster or Careerbuilder was nearly impossible. Can you imagine just how many people apply to those jobs? I assume that TONS of people apply to every job post, making it highly unlikely for any application to get noticed among the stack of emailed resumes. While I am no job applying expert, I do think that simply emailing your resume or applying for a job online almost ensures that you will not get that job. Unless, of course, you are something extraordinary (like practically out of this world) and your resume states it. But, even if that were the case, someone would need to actually take the time to click open your resume and read it, which I bet doesn’t happen often.

Whether you have been laid off, fired, or are simply looking for a change, social media is that way to get yourself a new job, not emailing resumes. For anyone who is looking, social media can be the key stumbling block that will help you land your next job. Here are some tips you should follow:

Get LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become THE tool for job seekers. Not only is LinkedIn a place where companies go to look for potential prospects, but LinkedIn allows you to build up your network, thereby making it easier to connect with people and get a job. I do admit that I am not as active on LinkedIn as I should be, but I am not looking for a job. If you are looking for a job and don’t have LinkedIn, you are really missing out! On LinkedIn you can create a profile and connect with people, and you can request recommendations from past employers, colleagues and clients. LinkedIn also has a list of companies that are hiring and has an Apply Now button that makes it easier to apply and connect with the employer. While I did say above that applying to a job online isn’t the best thing to do, doing so through LinkedIn is different. Employers actually use this site and jobs actually do result from those applications.

Get Facebook

Yes, some people use Facebook for posting pictures and posting useless, dumb status updates, but it can also be used to Network and connect with people who you know. Plus, if you set your privacy settings all people will be able to see is your work history and hobbies. Connecting with people from high school and college can’t possibly hurt you, so forget about the bad things people tell you about Facebook and get signed up at start connecting.

Use SimplyHired

If you sign up for SimplyHired and go to the “Who Do I Know” tool, it will link up to your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts to see if any of your connections are working at a company that is hiring. How great is that? Then all you have to do is reach out to your connection and get your resume moved to the top of the stack. Remember, its not what you know, its who you know.

Get Involved in Online Job Chats

If you sign up for Twitter and participate in the job chats you will find yourself networking and receiving a wealth of information from those experts who freely agree to give their time to help people like you. There are a lot of different chats that you can be a part of.  There is #jobhuntchat (Mondays, 10:00 PM, ET): Created by Rich DeMatteo (@cornonthejob), co-founded by Jessica Miller-Merrill (@blogging4jobs) and also moderated by Kate-Madonna Hindes (@girlmeetsgeek), #HFChat (Fridays, 12:00 PM, ET): Created by Margo Rose (@HRMargo) and moderated with help from Tom Bolt (@tombolt), Cyndy Trivella (@CyndyTrivella) and Steve Levy (@levyrecruits), and #careerchat (Tuesdays, 1:00 PM, ET): Co-created and moderated by Amanda Guralski (@bizMebizgal) and Jill Perlberg (@MyPath_MP). By participating in these chats you can find information about employment trends and companies that are hiring, and you can network with recruiters.

The bottom line is that using social media is a must, especially in this down economy. Why not use it? LinkedIn, Facebook, SimplyHired and Twitter are all free. If you are afraid of getting one of those accounts because you don’t want to feel depressed about seeing those you know who are successful, or you don’t want to connect with certain people, then don’t use those sites for socializing. Use them to network and get your name out there.

Have you been successful in using social media in your job hunt?