3 Things Not to Say Once You Have Started the New Job

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Normally I talk about looking for and securing a job, but today I want to take a moment to give a gentle reminder of a few things you should not say after you land that job.


“That’s not how we did it at ______” (fill in the blank with your old company)


Guess what – you aren’t there any more and no one here cares how they did it there.  This is a clear sign that you are not willing to learn or be part of a new team.  Say this and you will create your own little island isolating yourself from everyone in the new company.


Instead, try saying “This is completely different than what I was used to; I’m excited to learn a new way.”


“That’s not my job”


Get over yourself.  You are on a new team and sometimes you have to do things outside of the scope of your “job description”.  Let’s take this back a step – how often does the job description match 100% of what the real job duties actually are…..exactly.


Suck it up cupcake and stop brooding and take this as an opportunity to see if you can learn something new, meet new team members or get a glimpse of something outside of your job scope.  By the way, nothing is beneath you.  I’ve served coffee, run errands and done dishes and had people tell me that I shouldn’t be doing that because I was the manager.  I was also a team member and if that is what needed to be done and I was available then I had no problem helping where I could.


Instead try saying, “I would be happy to help.”


“I don’t know, you will have to ask someone else.”


Way to be a supportive team player!  Why not just add on the end of that “and I don’t care”?  Whether it is how to run the copier to how to utilize systems or protocols it is an opportunity to do two things: help someone and learn something.


Instead try saying, “I’m sorry, I don’t know but that is a great question,  however (a) great question, let’s see if we can ask Mary/find someone who knows so we can both learn (b) I can help you find someone who knows more about this than I do: or (c) I don’t know but I will find out for you and get back to you.”


If it is running some contraption at work, you never know when you might need to know how to do that task one day.  If someone is coming to you as a resource answer (c) makes you even more of a valuable resource.  No matter what the situation you will build good working relationships with your team members by being available.


Starting a new job can be a little intimidating and scary and sometimes our natural reaction is to drawn within ourselves, not admit we don’t know something or are afraid to look foolish by not having the same skill set.


Give yourself a break and remain open.  Instead of looking at everything as a challenge or task, try looking at it as an opportunity.  There are opportunities abound to learn, grow and be a more valuable team member.  They just might be the things that take you from the start within a new company to the next level within that company.



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach-Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Career Polish, Inc.




Getting Back To Basics

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Last week I had the privilege of speaking to a wonderful group about job searching, resumes, interviewing and networking.  I asked the group leader if there was any point in particular that he wanted me to focus on as there is only so much we can cover in one session.


He said he felt many people were frustrated and had been at it awhile so maybe something about getting back to the basics.


My first thought was the basics of the resume: function, form, message etc and possibly getting back to the basics of networking.


When I let it sink in, the terms of “getting back to” I realized I needed to go back to the very beginning.


Not the last job, the last degree, the last networking meeting; the very beginning: the mindset.


That is where it all starts.


I am always surprised at how many people looking to get hired for the right job introduce themselves as either their title or what they used to do.  Similarly, those looking to get hired by the right client introduce themselves as their title or their company.


I have said it before and I will say it again (many, many times):


You are not your title.

You are not your company

You are not a process or widget.


You are a person offering value and solutions.


That, kids, is the basics.


What is your value, what solutions do you offer?


In the meeting when I explain this I got a lot of nods in agreement which then turned to deer in the headlight looks when I passed out 3×5 cards and asked them to write at the top “I am” and complete it without the use of a title or job, only their value.


Oh sure, it all sounds like fun and games until someone makes you do something about it.


Once you have the I am statement, go back and look at your resume and see if it really supports what you wrote.  Check your networking speeches, too.


Then, to really mix things up, I asked them to think about what they really want to do: what is that ideal position and contribution they could be making.


Then really own it, see yourself in this role.  As such, what suggestions would you have to someone looking to obtain this position in terms of steps they could take.  Perhaps it is rewriting your resume, joining certain community or networking groups, brushing up on one skill set – what are some tangible steps that someone should do to reach your level.


Then pick one and do it.


That’s right – hold yourself accountable.


But here is the rub – only list four or five things – and stay flexible.


Rewrite your resume and be open to whom to submit it.

Rework your networking speech and adapt it for each situation.

Engage with new people and be open for new connections.


When we put ourselves in the position of thinking as if we have already achieved this goal our actions and non-actions align with it.  The non-actions are things like our body language and our confidence.


If you keep saying to yourself, “I’ll never find the right job” or “every time I apply I get rejected” then guess what – you are writing your own path.


Start by seeing yourself in that position and tell yourself, “I am the VP of Product Development for a small start up bringing new ideas, new clients and a great revenue stream while providing a great advantage for our clients.”


Then notice how things will begin to change.  You will stand a little straighter, sound more confident and start meeting the people that get you to that position.


Let me break it down to the basics: if you can’t see it and be it you won’t achieve it.



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach-Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Career Polish, Inc.