Starting a New Job

by admin 11. July 2013 18:24

Dear Jane,

I’m starting a new job in two weeks and I’m anxious about all the change that will entail. They hired me because of all the work they have in my area.  How do I hit the ground running and avoid getting buried?

Looking Forward to a Clean Slate

 

Dear Looking Forward to a Clean Slate,

Changing jobs is a wonderful opportunity to reinvent yourself. Give some thought to who you want to be walking in the door. Make a list of people you want to meet, and make sure to go by and say hello to those who were involved in the interview process. Plan to work in the office so you are seen by people and have a chance to meet people. Do not ignore the support staff—they are some of the most important people to your success. Take the time to learn all the new systems and procedures and ask questions. Ultimately, however, their first impression of you will be formed based on the quantity and quality of your billable work, so ensure that you are also investing in that important piece as you make the transition. Good luck!

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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