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March 2013
Successful Job Search: Adjusting to Your New Career!
by Susan Reynolds

Successful Job Search: Adjusting to Your New Career!

So you've successfully struggled your way into a hopeful new position... congratulations! Now you're heading into a challenging and sometimes intimidating period of a new culture, new people, possibly unpredictable learning curve, and unexpected roadblocks. You've come from a long-term position in a company you knew well, a familiar (even if unhappy) culture, and industry in which you were comfortable. Now it's time to step into the fray of new and different, and rise to the challenge.

Why am I emphasizing this? Because I see so many job searchers go through all the hassle of finding a new opportunity only to have it blow up in less than 90 days. They were perhaps simply unprepared to weather the demands that were being placed upon them in their new surroundings. Many times, they were not ready to "give themselves a chance" to learn and change. Now's the time for a healthy dose of balance, and lots of REALLY hard work.

Be ready for a seemingly overwhelming lifestyle of extra hours. You're not yet operating at anything approaching efficiency. In learning a new job, it's quite like trying to go to school while working. The learning takes EXTRA time. It's probably temporary and will drop off quite a bit after you've become proficient in your new role.

Your communications with your entire new team will probably be shaky at first. You have to feel out your new relationship with a leader, and the overall culture will probably seem strange. Be ready to be flexible, listen carefully, and have your "radar" up so you can best read the styles of your new teammates!

So don't be someone who drops out or is excused from a new opportunity because you didn't accommodate the learning curve. Adjusting to a new role is every bit as challenging as the job search you just completed! Don't be unpleasantly surprised!

Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at NewMarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search, career strategy, and resume-writing firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at sreynolds@newmarketcareers.com or 661-755-3308.

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