I Started a New Job

Starting a new job can be intimidating but also a chance to make the best first impression that will stick with you for your whole career. This article teaches you how to approach a new job and how to prepare for the first day, first week, first month, and beyond.

Last month, I started a new job. While I was on the market for about half a year, I really enjoyed searching for the best opportunity. Just like anything else in my life, as soon as I accepted the offer, I started preparing diligently for my first few days and weeks.

The contemporary employment market is very dynamic. As a result, the dream of the stable job and the stable employer where you could spend your whole life is almost dead. Because of that besides interviewing and selling yourself, you also have to learn the art of the first impression. The first few days in a new role will determine your success or failure in the mid-to-long term.

The purpose of this article is to share my experience and give you tips for your new job and/or role. First of all, the way you approach the situation. Then, the way you prepare for the first day. And finally, the way you execute it.

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Better Reports – How to Take Business Communication to the Next Level

Writing better reports helps you take business communication to the next level. This article will teach you how to produce reports that target the correct audience and present the correct information with the correct tools in the correct format.

Producing better reports is the cornerstone of climbing the ladder of corporate success. If you work in any corporate environment, then most probably you have to deal with (write but also read) lots of reports. This activity has become so common that we sometimes neglect the importance of quality and we feel like we don’t need to invest time in the process unless there are issues.

This article will present a better way of doing reports, concentrated on better planning, better execution, and more value delivered to the readers. First of all, use it for reference for your own reports. But also, use it for insights about improving the reports you are reading. The tips will be useful for any type of report but I will mostly concentrate on project status reports and use this for all examples.

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How to Approach a New Direct Manager

Approach changes in leadership, like having a new direct manager, with anticipation and excitement, learn to see the opportunities, and prepare for the best possible outcome.

Getting a new direct manager is a situation that all of you have experienced, or will experience in the future. It can be intimidating and even scary but it does not have to be that way. Actually, it is an opportunity for a fresh start and to change or reinvent some of the processes that did not work well in the past.

This article describes a toolbox for approaching a change in leadership with excitement, anticipation, and deliberation. It can be used in various situations, for example when you start a new job, when you move to a new organization within your current employer, or when you get a new direct manager after organizational changes. It is based on my experience over the years facing numerous such occasions.

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Efficient Meeting – How to Get the Most of a Meeting

Learn how to organize and host an efficient meeting in order to build your personal brand, lower costs and drive success in your organization.

Efficient meeting means a meeting on which the organizer is prepared, the participants know what is expected of them, there is a designated note taker. An efficient meeting saves time, money and energy and produces results, action items and drives the success of the organizations.

The average corporate employee spends between 35% and 50% of their time in meetings. Even more, they spend more and more time in meetings every year, compared to the previous. Unproductive meetings are estimated to waste a whopping $37 billion in the US alone.

The key to having productive, efficient meetings is in preparation, execution and follow-up. When you will host a meeting, you should spend time thinking about the format, participants and the topics that will be covered. During the meeting, you should steer the discussion towards the topics discussed and not let it slip. After the meeting, you should publish the outcome and follow up on the action items.

As simple as it may sound, the reality is not that easy. It takes a lot of experience, tools and discipline to organize and host a productive meeting. This article is going to give you high-level advice that comes from best practices in fortune 500 companies.

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Organization Skills – How to Organize Your Desk

Organization skills on the workplace can be very positive for your career. This article explains how to plan and organize your desk, work easier, find things fast and be productive.

Good organization skills bring not only order to you life, but also allow you to be more productive by reducing clutter and helping you find fast what you are looking for. Organizing your desk (at work, in your workplace at home or just at home) is one of the vital steps. Organizing things on the outside could often help you organize things on the inside.

When I start a new job, I always start at organizing my computer/laptop first. But immediately after that I start organizing my desk. Why is that important to me? Well first of all, you find things easier. Second of all, it helps others think highly of you and perceive you as an organized (and reliable person), which is beneficial. And last but not least, it gives you a safe spot among the whole chaos of starting a new job.

I usually re-organize my desk even when I am in a new position within the same company. Or just regularly throughout the year. Throwing garbage out is equally important as organizing what you really need.

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