It’s been one month and a half since i started my new job. Still very excited about it. I have amazing colleagues, a massive challenge in a role i never knew would exist but its all i have been dreaming of. Ok, maybe this honeymoon phase is blinding but you get the drift, I am so stoked about it!
Through out this year i have been really challenging myself, my fears, bad habits, my skills and to a greater part my personality. I did a hike in January this year, Mt. Suswa; going from the gate of the park, to the crater, round the crater and back to the gate. It took me 12 hours. This was the toughest hike of my life even if i include Mt. Kenya on the list. Mt. Suswa topped it for me. It could be that i was not really prepared, could be that it was just a terribly tough hike or the fact that Mt. Suswa is pretty unspectacular most of the way up and down. I digress.
Since then i decided that resilience will be my value to work on in 2015. I am the kind that doesn’t have one big ambition in life like be rich, CEO, athletic or whatever. I take my life one step at a time and so is my planning.
This value has turned out to be the best to work on in a year when i was also looking for a different job and a certain sense of having control. The Norwegian unemployment rate is 5-8% so there are jobs. The only challenge is Language skills. If you do not have them, forget it. Forget about working in a Norwegian company. God knows i tried but if i only depended on my language skills i would have very little chance of having a job by now. Luckily there are Norwegian companies that have English as an official language so hurrah! The challenge, competition for the few english positions is even tougher. I learned several lessons.
- First and very practical point, you must fit the expectations of your soon to be employer if it is a normal job. I had to update my CV with a friendly and professional photo that gives and impression that i am one of “us”. Cultural issues are an issue that may bosses do not want to deal with. You must seem either open enough or exactly like a Norwegian or the people in the company you are applying for. Do not over dress or under dress.
- Follow your gut feeling. If i listened to all the comments i was getting about me not being able to get the job or the work permit for one reason or another, i would not have gone for the interviews but i had a feeling that this was meant for me.
- Constantly review what you have tried so far and then change it if it hasn’t worked. Change you CV, your strategy e.g. call first before sending CV etc
- Set your standards of what type of person you want to work with, it is not only you being recruited, you are also recruiting a boss 😉
- On your first day do not over dress. It raises the bar and also the barrier between you and your new team, boss and colleagues. Note how people dress in the organisation when you go for the interview. Dress one notch, really tiny notch down.
- Ask for meetings. With your boss, teammates, anyone you think you may work with. If they say no, it is ok but chances are that they will say yes especially if it is 30 minutes or less. Rarely do you need more than that for an information meeting. You will not understand alot either. Ask people for advice. Who should you meet, what should you do? What is the expectation of you in the role?
- Set clear goals with your boss. This you can read all over google, it is no trick. It just has to happen.
- Bite slightly more than you can chew, then chew it all. This provides you a chance to challenge yourself. Get an adrenaline kick and a chance to impress. Do not be afraid to fail. Just learn and move on.
- Mimic. See how others do it in terms of talking to each other, raising a point, reporting etc. Every organisation has its way of doing things and they are not able to tell you this is how we do during induction into the company. It is mostly going to be practical stuff during your induction period.
- Brag Sheet. Count all you eggs. All of them and document it. It helps you track how you are doing. A brag sheet is where you document all your achievements.
10 tips are definitely enough but please feel free to ask me for specific questions and i will try to collect my thoughts.
I am happy that i am writing again 😀 So Stoked!!!!