• Loading stock data...
Saturday, March 2, 2024

3 Tips for Starting a New Job

When it comes to a new job, having clear expectations and goals are key for success. Image via The Bullet Journal

When it comes to a new job, having clear expectations and goals are key for success. Image via The Bullet Journal

Earlier this week I started a new job, and after 6 years at my previous company I thought it might be helpful to share some key learnings for any professional move.

Changing jobs can be an exciting (yet sometimes stressful) process, but these three tactics should empower you to own the moment and set yourself up for success on day one.

CLEARLY DEFINE EXPECTATIONS

Regardless of your new job or company, clearly defining expectations for the role prior to the first day will no doubt set you on a path for success.

Your boss’ (and your own personal) expectations will of course evolve as you progress and grow within the role, but having an overall sense on day one is an imperative first step.

Want more great content like this? Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter!

Even before starting the job though, use your various interviews and conversations with potential bosses and co-workers to get a deeper sense of what the position entails. This will allow you to understand the opportunity even better and further spark ideas on how you can bring the role to life in new and unique ways.

Literally asking, “What are your expectations for this position?” in an interview will certainly offer you this insight and show your interviewer that you are serious about the opportunity.

Once you start the job, continue to review and work against these expectations but don’t be afraid to tweak as needed. Remember, this is just the start and as you evolve and succeed, the expectations for you will grow as well.

SET SHORT/LONG TERM GOALS

First coined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, “The First 100 Days” is an important barometer for initial success in any job.

As you prepare for your first day, draft immediate short and long term goals for your position. Once you are settled in the new job, meet with your boss to review and ask for input. The first 100 days will of course be key to establishing yourself at your new company, so focus on achievable and impactful results to start.

Similar to expectations, goals will evolve as you do in the job. You will certainly add more and more to your plate over time, but always remain realistic about what you can accomplish over a given quarter, season or year.

Writing your goals down and keeping them visible every day is always helpful for prioritization and time management. If a task or project does not mirror back to your expectations or goals, then perhaps it is an opportunity for delegation or reassignment.

RE-ENGAGE YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

As you grow in your industry, it is of course imperative to cultivate a strong network — associates, partners, mentors — and starting a new job is the perfect time to re-connect with your colleagues.

Whether you simply share your updated contact info, provide context on your new position or even reignite conversations regarding new business opportunities, communication is key around any new job change.

Prior to departing your previous company and starting a new job, it is important to draft a clear communication plan for both your internal and external conversations.

Defining succinct messaging about your new role and future opportunities will make your narrative stronger and set the stage for future network building and communication.

After six years at adidas America in Portland, OR., Ehrlich recently moved back home to Los Angeles, CA. for a new opportunity as Vice President of Marketing Communications for Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE). You can follow his journey on Twitter via @MichaelEhrlich.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

White Sox Announcer Jason Benetti Uses Humor to Shed Light on Cerebral..

The play-by-play announcer has cerebral palsy, but he has built a career in a field that hasn’t always been accessible to those with disabilities.

6 Sports Business Books That Should Be on Your Holiday Wish List

Having trouble with your holiday wish list? Be sure to ask for these highly recommended sports business books that will surely help your career.

How to Break Into a Career as a Creative Storyteller

How does one land a role in the creative and digital content field? We gathered some important advice from three sports creatives.

The Game Within the Game: Life as an NBA Video Coordinator

Becoming an NBA video coordinator takes a lot more than a love for the game and critical thinking. 
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Jenny Cavnar is Breaking Barriers During Oakland’s Strange Season

0:00
0:00

Featured Today

Oct 5, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, points to the lettering outside of the museum Tuesday.

How Do You Keep Negro Leagues Baseball History Alive? Put It in a Video Game

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum attracting increased donations, visits from ‘MLB The Show.’
February 26, 2024

The Victor Wembanyama Rookie Card Market Hasn’t Matched His Hype

A cooling market and Fanatics autograph deal leaves big-money collectors waiting.
February 25, 2024

Sham Gods: The Rapidly Growing World of Sports Impersonators on X

Fake Schefters and Wojs, fabricated trade demands, and borrowed profile pictures.
Sep 24, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; A general view of the Oakland Athletics dugout after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
February 24, 2024

Murky Future: Everything You Need to Know About the A’s Move to Las Vegas

Breaking down one of the most drawn-out, multifaceted sagas in sports.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Spotify
Multiple - USA Careers
Nike
Multiple - USA Careers
EA
Multiple - USA Careers
Sponsored

Temple Takes Your Sports Career to the Next Level

If you want to break through to the C-Suite , Temple University’s Executive Master of Science in Sport Business can help you up your game and accelerate your career. 
Sponsored

Networking With Purpose

Investing in the Ohio University PMSA unlocks access to one of the largest sports business alumni networks in the world.
Sponsored

University of San Francisco Is Your Ticket to the Game

Rated the No. 1 Sports Management program in California, USF has been a leader in educating industry professionals for more than 30 years.
Sponsored

How LivePass is Redefining Ticketing for the Next Generation of Fans

The next wave of ticketing technology.
Sponsored

UMass, McCormack Department of Sport Management Introduce Groundbreaking Women in Business Course

UMass’s Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management has announced the addition of a Women in Business course launching Spring 2021.
Sponsored

Sacred Heart University Gives Athletes and Students Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Professor Matthew F. Moran is training the industry’s next generation of exercise scientists at Sacred Heart University.
Sponsored

Ohio University PMSA Prepares Sports Professionals For New Normal

Two alumni of the Ohio University Professional Master of Sports Administration explain how they feel prepared for the future of sports.
Sponsored

Temple’s Sports Business Master’s Program Gives a Sports Media Pro Unique Perspective

Temple’s School of Sport, Tourism & Hospitality Management gave Sean Hanrahan the tools to elevate his career even after 30 years in the business.