According to Saudi labor Minister Adel Faqih the number of job seekers in Saudi Arabia has stood at 2 million in 2013, 85% of them are women. Such a high number of job seekers is only expected to grow next year as Saudi’s economy is growing steadily and loans to private sector companies are being supported by government spending and is expected to continue to grow for the next 3 years.
If you’re a young professional who just landed a new job, you would probably be wondering how you can survive and thrive in it. Here’s a list of tactics that can help you advance in what you do without the pitfalls of self-promotion:
1. Be Punctual
Arrive at 9 AM sharp if that’s when you should be starting your day and always be punctual for meetings and events. This is one of the best ways to make a lasting impression and show respect for your co-workers, boss and also yourself. Try to take into consideration traffic and sudden interruptions at work and add 10-15 minutes to your expected time of arrival to your destination.
2. Ask For Help
Even if you were the employee of the month before; you may need directions around that new department or more explanation from your superior about a new project. Make sure you know where to go for help with specific tasks and requests.
3. Be Flexible With Your Schedule
As a new employee; expect your work schedule to change frequently and be prepared to make necessary adjustments. Make sure that any changes in assignments and schedule are communicated in writing to avoid possible confusion between you and your management. When required, check to see if last-minute meetings and special assignments are accounted for as overtime by your organization
4. Offer to Help
As a new employee you might find yourself with little to do especially if your manager is still figuring out your exact duties. This is your opportunity to show initiative and display self-motivation by asking your team if you can help with other projects or tasks.
5. Show you are prepared to go the extra distance
Set yourself apart from the crowd by showing that you can be counted on. It may not be fun to do more than ask but sometimes it’s your only way to stand out. Exhibit willingness to stay late or come earlier when needed to work on assignments important to your boss.
6. Absorb the Company's Culture
You’re a stranger to everyone else. Spend some time learning about your new organization’s culture and subcultures before you suggest any changes in the job. You are probably excited and can’t wait to talk about what can be changed but don’t do that before you understand: the communication style, objectives and general attitudes of the company. Take the time to learn what works and what doesn't by reading all the manuals and talking to your colleagues for more insight.
7. Keep a Work Journal
This could be a simple Excel spreadsheet or a notepad even where you keep track of your day-to-day work assignments, accomplishments and projects. With time and persistence this diary will help you identify problems, notice patterns, and brainstorm solutions.
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