New Kid on The Block?

原發表於 2005 年 10 月 12 日


~ 西奥多罗斯福,美国第二十六任总统

When you were busy job hunting, you probably put a great deal of time and effort into perfecting your curriculum vitae and creating exactly the right impression at your interview.

But just because all your hard work and effort has paid off and you have finally landed that great new job, it does not mean you can now sit back and relax.

A job for life is unfortunately a thing of the past, and the workplace is now an extremely competitive environment.

So if you want to ensure that your new job is secure or that you are in the right position to move up the corporate ladder, you are going to have to prove your worth. And that does not just mean making an effort — it means making sure that all your efforts get noticed.

The first day on a new job can be really intimidating, especially if you feel that everyone is staring at you. Try to turn your new workmates” initial interest to your advantage by introducing yourself, being friendly and getting to know everyone around you.

You should realise that it is not always the hardest workers who make the biggest impact. Often, by working so hard, they concentrate on the task at hand, forgetting all about their colleagues around them. Interaction and sociability are equally essential elements in getting yourself noticed in the workplace.

It is also vital that you take credit for the work you have done, especially if it is something over and above your job description, something that you have gone that extra mile for.

Having said that, it is important not to be too pushy; waltzing into a new workplace and announcing that everyone was doing everything wrong until you arrived will win you few friends. Be prepared to listen to and to learn from your colleagues, as there may well be good reasons for doing things in a way that may strike you initially as being totally illogical.

However, do not be afraid to claim credit for a successful project by presenting, say, a memo or a written outline of your suggetions to your boss, showing that you have put thought and effort into this area. As a result, you will be recognised as a problem-solving employee both by bosses and by your co-workers.

Once you have established yourself as a valuable member of the team, do not be tempted to rest on your laurels. When you have been in a job for a while, it can be easy to start coasting without even realising it, but be aware that other people will quickly notice if you are not pulling your weight.

You can avoid falling into that trap by taking advantage of any training initiatives that are offered by your company. This will show your bosses that you are interested in progressing and learning new skills.

Remember, it takes time to adjust to a new job and learn how everything, and everyone, works. Therefore, do not feel as if you will be facing the sack if you fail to come up with five brilliant new ways to improve efficiency by the end of your first week.

By showing that you have plenty of initiative and enthusiasm and are not just there to do the bare minimum, you will prove that you are a flexible, committed worker who is a real asset to your company — and hopefully ensure a stable future for yourself.

~ IPS, The Straits Times, Saturday, 8 October, 2005


移居狮城的前一个半月,便辞去了工作,算算已有四年半的光阴。两个星期前,定居广州的新加坡老友丹尼介绍加入 Lexxus 的电子商务行列;虽然不是正式重返职场,还是很紧张。感谢丹尼送的两本书,非常有启发性:

B2B Means “Back to Basics” by Bill Quain

The Wellness Revolution by Paul Zane Pilzer

其中 B2B 所谈的,与这篇文章的精髓不谋而合,读了特别有感触。与大家分享!

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