MarketResearchCareers Identifies Five Activities Essential for a Successful Job Transition

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An interview with Mike Carroll of MarketResearchCareers reveals important tasks for professionals during their first month in a new job.



Before joining, every professional must mentally update their resume to reflect how one year in the new job will impact their career trajectory.

A recent interview with Mike Carroll, Director of Sales and Marketing for MarketResearchCareers, reveals five important directives every new hire should follow during the first month on the job. They include:

1. Plan Ahead
Prior to taking a new position, every professional must mentally update their resume to reflect how one year in the new job will impact their career trajectory. If this task proves difficult then it is best to reevaluate the career transition before it's too late.

2. Put in the Work
Spend the extra hours learning the systems, processes, methods, and back channels of the new workplace. There is a fine line between making a productive investment and appearing over-eager. It is essential to strike the right balance as perceptions quickly become reality.

3. Be Social
Never turn down an invitation to build the network over lunch and drinks- -- particularly with clients, managers, peers, and those in surrounding functions. Social activities enable the assessment of personalities, experiences, capabilities, and situations of colleagues. It's best to listen and learn. Use intuition to identify "movers and shakers," "prisoners -- those just marking time," and "trouble makers" making a mental note of each.

4. Establish a Personal Brand
While "taking one for the team" is important, more so is the ability to delegate and graciously divert tasks that are not consistent with defined responsibilities. It is not uncommon for the "office bully" or those threatened by change to attempt to dominate newcomers by ensnaring them with activities that will subtly undermine a new hire’s credibility. Create a personal brand by demonstrating expertise in a confident manner -- assisting colleagues or landing a large yet historically illusive client -- and delegating tasks. Taking a firm stand during the initial days can set an important tone that often lasts throughout a career.

5. Don't Look Back
A new job is a new beginning. Embrace the new position without continually mentioning the former workplace or reaching out to past colleagues. Spend time and effort building the professional network and looking forward.

About MarketResearchCareers
MarketResearchCareers is the career website with the most comprehensive database of resumes and jobs focusing exclusively on the Market Research industry.

Visited monthly by nearly half of all market research professionals in the United States and possessing the resumes of more than 40,000 market researchers, MarketResearchCareers provides real-time staffing solutions. See why so many corporate hiring managers, human resource professionals, market research suppliers, and thousands of skilled researchers turn to MarketResearchCareers to fill available market research jobs.

Visit MarketResearchCareers on the web at or call MarketResearchCareers at 1-800-872-5401.

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