for Your New Job
With Garland Coulson, “Captain Time”
• Now what?
• How do you get up to speed
• What do you work on first?
• What are your priorities?
• How do you excell and impress
Meeting with Managers
• Always have a note-taking system
(manual or tablet/smart phone
• If using a tablet or phone for notes,
be sure to tell your managers it is for
note taking only and all phone/text functions are turned off
• If there isn’t an in-house system, Microsoft OneNote is my
recommended tool for taking notes
• Listen carefully to ensure you understand what they want. Repeat
back the instructions to them to check your understanding
Find the Key Reporting Basics
• Who do you report to?
• Any secondary
supervisors/managers you have
• How do they prefer to be
• Regular meetings
• Is there an up to date job
What are you measured on?
• What is your promotion/pay
raise/job dependent on?
• What reports are required?
• When are the reports due?
• Ask to review a good sample of
the report they want
• Focus first on what you are
measured on, then the rest of
What Systems are in Place?
• Delegation/Project management
• Formal task management system
or just email/phone?
• Learn whatever system is being
• If no existing system, set up your
own system using tools like
What Training Resources are Available?
• Look for:
• In-house trainers and mentors
• In-house training materials, manuals
• Online and or outside courses and
• Some firms will reimburse some or
all of your tuition fees for outside
courses – take advantage of this
Track Your Time
• Check if your employer has an
existing time tracking system.
If not, try Toggl.com
• Review your job priorities and
assign blocks of time
• Tell “chatty” co-workers you are under a
deadline and ask if you can get together
with them for lunch or coffee to talk
• Turn notifications off for social media,
Skype and email – just check your email
regularly – once or twice a day
• If possible, try to set up a “power hour.”
• Work on tasks for a short time, then
refer to your supervisor to make sure
you are on the right track
• After a few weeks, ask your supervisor
• How am I doing?
• What would you like to see me improve on?
• What am I doing well?
• Be organized in meetings
• Take notes
• Focus on what you are measured
• Work with a good task
• Take advantage of internal/external
• Track your time
• Reduce distractions
More Help From Garland
• Group Training