Virginia at Work: How to prepare for that new job you just landed!

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You just landed your dream job! Now, you need to make sure you wow your new boss and co-workers. How you start a new job, from the moment you arrive on your first day, can have everything to do with how you progress in your new role well into the future.

In this edition of Virginia at Work, we have advice on how to come up with an action plan for those first crucial months, which can be key to your success.

Whether you’re taking on the role of CEO or the leader of one, Lynda Mcnutt Foster with Cortex Leadership Consulting says its imperative you realize, within the first seven seconds you have an interaction with someone, you’ve made an impression.  You want it to be a good one, because that impression could follow you for years to come.

While any good company will introduce you to its own Onboarding process, the executive onboarding team at makes it clear it’s important you take charge of the Onboarding process with your own set of structured steps and timelines to accomplish tasks. Make sure you get a head start before the first day, so you can hit the ground running as soon as you walk through the door and think team. The PrimeGenesis group says new leaders will fail if they try to do everything themselves.

Local executive coach, Lynda McNutt Foster adds, “The first six months of any job, your brain is working very hard. In fact, it is burning 20% more calories. So maybe you can have that Snickers at the end of the day. Because it’s learning all new things. You’re driving in a new pattern to work. You have all new people you have to interact with. If you’re learning a new job, then you are learning all new processes, procedures. So you’re more tired the first six months, than you’re going to be after that. So you have to prepare yourself, almost physically, for that tax on your brain.

To build a highly effective team, the PrimeGenesis team says a new leader can build tactical capacity by implementing these five building blocks:

  1. Get buy-in for one burning imperative
  2. Use key milestones to drive team performance
  3. Invest in early wins
  4. Get the right people in the right roles
  5. Shape team culture with an on-going communication campaign

To learn more about the Onboarding process from an employer’s prospective, click here.

Foster will join our Good Day Virginia team tomorrow morning at 7:30, to talk about what she has seen in terms of successful Onboarding and just how important it is for everyone involved.

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