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Checklist for the first year at a new job

“There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” – Henry Ford

Found a new job or recently started one? Congratulations you have beaten many others to get that. But now you should decide what you want to do in your first year to make those recruiters believe you were indeed their best choice ever.
A new job is a new start. It may make or break your career. So make the first 12 months count. By showing enthusiasm for the work you’re doing, earn the respect of your colleagues and make opportunities for yourself. Remember that first impressions are not usually the last ones but they are definitely lasting ones.

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– Be 3 steps ahead
In chess, the best strategy is to think about what happens after 3 steps. Apply that to your job. It is not enough to just do what you are asked to do. Be willing to be on top of things at any cost. As soon as you are done with one task go straight to the next one. And whatever you do, never think you are too good for the job. First year will include menial tasks, don’t complain and make the boss trust you.

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– Keep a brag list
The best way to keep track of your work is to make a list called brag list. Include all your contributions; even the smallest one. This will come in handy went it comes to audits and appraisals. Also, it will give you a clear idea of your standing within the organization.

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– Keep promises
All those convincing promises you made during the interview? Follow through with them. Try to never give anyone a chance to be disappointed in you. Always deliver your part. This is crucial towards making an impression.

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– Make a reputation
Being a woman means it is easier to make a good reputation. Studies show that women are considered more responsible in most organizations. Build for yourself a reputation of a hard worker willing to accept challenges to prove herself. Exceed what the boss expects of you and make yourself an important member to the team.

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– Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Working in a new environment and a new office culture means you will not magically know everything. Ask questions when you need to. Don’t hold back thinking what other’s will think because it is more important that you clarify things before giving in faulty work.

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– Engage with colleagues
In the rush of being the best employee, don’t forget to socially settle in. Make a few friends. This is a way to be a part of the team. Each link you make with someone can lead you to a number of opportunities that you can’t possibly predict.

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Overall, focus on accomplishing, achieving and settling in as much as possible.

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