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Don’t let your enthusiasm take over when starting a new job. Here’s what you should avoid in order to get off on the right foot.
The worst thing you can do, and it’s a mistake a lot of people do out of enthusiasm, is to storm into a new workplace and start making suggestions for improvement. While you may expect a new employer and all of your co-workers to stop in their tracks and exalt in your keen perception, it won’t happen that way.
Here’s an unrelated story to explain: A couple of years ago I was at a party at which I was to meet the new girlfriend of a dear friend of mine. This woman happened to be a hairstylist, who for some reason, was eager to make a good impression on me. About five minutes into the evening, she pointed at me and said, “I can fix that.” I must have looked perplexed because then she said, “Your hair. I can fix it.” Now, maybe it’s me but I’m not sure how a statement like that could be received any way but poorly. I just mumbled something about my not being aware my hair was broken.
So, now I’m not saying you’re going to charge into the CIO’s office and tell him his hair is all wrong. But criticizing (which is what you’re doing by offering a “better” way) a business process that has long been in place can feel like the same thing. You cannot expect someone, even an entity like an employer, to be gracious when told indirectly that they’ve been doing things all wrong.
This is not to say that the time will not come for your insights. It will. But it’s more important to learn the lay of the prevailing land before you presume to suggest changes. It’s also important that you prove yourself first so that others will take your suggestions more seriously.
Dragged kicking and screaming, maybe. But online job search and the use of social networks in order to find employment is no longer just the preserve of Generation Y.
‘It was mainly a trust thing’, says James Brookner, CEO of social networking job website Jobvidi, ‘Experienced professionals were used to dealing face-to-face with recruiters when considering a career move, or trying to gauge where the market was at’. But that’s all changed, Brookner says, as Gen X has had to overcome its fears and embrace new technologies in order to stay in the game.
‘The depressed employment market and the fierce competition for jobs these days has meant that jobseekers who had previously relied on personal connections to get a job have needed to familiarise themselves with online job search tools too. They have had to understand that new job search technologies are an essential part of their strategy’, Brookner added.
‘Gen X’s engagement with online job technologies not only indicates that more seasoned professionals are now better able to cope with these tools, but is a reflection of the challenging economic climate’, says Brookner, ‘It’s a case of evolve, or die’.
What do you think? Are you part of the ‘older generation’, if so I’d love to hear your thoughts?
Here’s a note of the 9 most common mistakes people make when looking for a new job.
1. Not allocating sufficient time for the job search
2. Becoming demotivated if things don’t immediately go their way
3. Being over-confident and pausing a job search in the belief that a new opportunity may be in the bag
4. Focusing all efforts on just one job opportunity, or going to work for just one firm
5. Not doing enough research – either online or face-to-face
6. Being over-familiar with the interviewer – for example, calling him / her by their first name
7. Talking about your personal life (even though you haven’t been asked about it)
8. Slagging off your current or previous employers
9. Not asking meaningful questions – come prepared
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