The First 30 Days on a Job
The first 30 days in a new job is stressful and it’s hard to be able to think quick and act even quicker. I recently talked about some myths I always believed about corporate strategy jobs and ways to think about selecting a job. What follows are thoughts on starting a new job off right:
The Fine Line Between Smart and Annoying
I always want to sound smart in initial meetings, however..I don’t want to be the guy who talks just to hear the sound of his own voice. Here’s what has worked for me:
- Culture of Meetings – Does the most senior person talk first? If you’re concerned about something, do you ask a question… or make a statement? Wait for Q&A… or chime in when needed?
- 15 minute rule – I once received advice that said if you don’t speak within the first 15 minutes of a meeting, people have already forgotten about you.
Try for Personal Introductions
If your to-do list says, “Ask Greg about ___”, it’s tempting to want to send Greg an email. You’ll probably save a lot of time… but is it worth it? I’ve always respected someone who talks to me in person or phone before an email. Seems much more real.
Read Everything You Can
It’s hard reading what you don’t “have” to read. But I’ve found great nuggets by absorbing as much as I could find.
Internal Materials – There are going to be a lot of “decks” forwarded to you to “bring you up to speed.” However, I’m always amazed at what you can discover by clicking on every link on your corporate internet. It’s a great way to learn the initiatives and acronyms of other functions and how those all fit together.
External Materials – Over-subscribing to content and then weeding it down to the best seems to work here. Here’s what I try to do:
- Subscribe to every blog covering your space. Don’t know where to start? Try AllTop for a directory
- Listen to what your customers are saying through a Twitter Search for your company and competitors
- Google News Alert works really well for keyword searches. My “content strategy” search has turned up great stuff
- Forward the best your team – nothing beats being the first person to the link!
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