You know this to be true: if you are a big company senior level manager or CEO, you can get (and afford) plenty of help in succeeding in your new position. Consultants focus on executives and find every way they can to support them in their new position.
People who work in cubicles? Not so much.
I’ve Landed My Dream Job — Now What??? focuses on what needs to happen during the first 30 days of work to help you succeed in your new position. And, to be fair, CEO’s could learn a thing or two from the book as well. Seriously.
I’ve been in the job market a long time. During that time I’ve seen tremendous downsizing, incredible change and what I call the “5% unemployment rate and 75% corporate churn” nail hundreds of employees. Of course, now the unemployment rate is closer to 10% which means the corporate churn is even higher.
During my time on the job market, I averaged a new manager (not necessarily a new job) every 18 months. In all of my time in the workforce, I’ve only had one manager give me my performance review two years in a row. One.
When I went into management, I was continually surprised at how passive new people were about succeeding. It was if they were so happy — or relieved — to be in a new position that they didn’t realize the really hard work was now at hand. That didn’t have many consequences not so long ago. But being passive about your work after you get a new position in your current company or new company is now high risk.
That’s why I wanted to write this book: to give people a way to plan and evaluate their new job to give them immediate success and feedback about their work.
There are reasons for this need.
The job market has total volatility
This job market is like no other since the Great Depression. The problem is that the reduced levels of hiring isn’t going to go away any time soon. Just to get back to employment levels just before the Great Recession, it will take some eight million jobs to get to even. That doesn’t include population growth where new people entering the job market start to look for work; that’s just to get even.
If you want to get back to even by 2015, that means you need to create about 135,000 jobs a month for 60 months. We haven’t created any jobs so far in 2010, much less 135,000 jobs per month.
That means lots of churn — and the need to hit the ground running as soon as you get a new position. There are simply too many qualified people looking for work for you to sit on your excitement on getting your new gig.
It takes too long to find a job
Here’s the deal: job satisfaction is a two-way street. Contrary to all the serious pundits who look down their nose at the poor little people working in cubes, your work isn’t just about being lucky enough to have a job.
The truth of the matter is that if you are in a position that isn’t right for you, you perform poorly. If the social aspects of your work — getting along with your manager and coworkers — isn’t working out, you won’t perform well.
People who don’t perform well have fewer results to show potential hiring managers, get lower performance review ratings that hurt their income, and have a higher probability of getting laid off.
And then it takes even longer to find another position, much less a dream job. That worked out nice, didn’t it?
Consequently, I spend a lot of time in I’ve Landed My Dream Job — Now What??? focused on ensuring that the position is also right for you. You need to know early on whether this dream job is going to work out, before all the bad things that can happen in a bad job start happening to you. The earlier you know if the position will work for you — or not — the earlier you can take steps to prevent worse actions from happening and get the job right. Or the earlier you will know if the position will work out at all and you can start a new search.
It is time for people to take charge of their work. I’ve Landed My Dream Job — Now What??? sets out a plan, actionable tasks, and a review process that will help ensure your success in your new dream job and the dream job being successful for you. Or not. People always forget that second part until it is too late.
Following the actions in the book will significantly increase your chances of succeeding in your new dream job and swatting away many of the problems that come up early in a new position. You want your work reputation to be the best, integrate yourself with your manager and coworkers, and find satisfaction in the work.
I’ve Landed My Dream Job — Now What??? will help you do that.