Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Strategies for New Job Success

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Strategies for New Job Success

Article excerpt

Starting a new job is like meeting your future in-laws--first impressions count. Whether you're a new employee, taking on additional responsibilities in your current position or changing jobs within the same firm or company, here are several tips to help you put your best foot forward.

[] Study the company's culture. Be attuned to the subtleties of the firm's environment--from department policies and procedures to how people interact with one another.

[] Reduce your learning curve. Master the position's responsibilities as quickly as possible by asking questions and seeking out unofficial "mentors" who can show you the ropes. Many companies and firms have formal mentoring programs for this purpose, but in those that don't it pays to be resourceful.

[] Be a team player. Volunteer for assignments even if they fall outside your immediate job description. This will allow you to learn about other areas of responsibility while demonstrating your sense of teamwork.

[] See the big picture. In your eagerness to hit the ground running, don't become overly concerned with the size of your part of a specific project. Instead, familiarize yourself with department goals and the company's strategic plan. …

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