Unless your new job title is Duchess of Cambridge or Dictator of a Small Country, you report to someone. Make that person's life as easy as possible from day one, and only good things will happen for you.
1. Figure out what matters. How? Just ask, says Alexandra Levit, author of New Job, New You. Tell your manager you want to make sure you meet expectations. What would success look like to her? Ideally, during your first meeting, you can get in writing the goals on which you'll be evaluated during your first three months, six months, and year. "The more subjective you leave this, the more open your performance is to interpretation," Levit says.
2. Know who you replaced. You'll want to do some subtle snooping about your predecessor. Ask coworkers about how previous projects worked out—being mindful not to make it about people, which can sound gossipy, but about their job duties, says Levit. You can also directly ask your boss about this, says says Anita Bruzzese, author of 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy. Say, "Is there anything you'd like to see me do in this job that maybe wasn't done before? Is there something you really liked about the person who had this job before me that I can continue to do?" That way, you're not asking anyone to trash-talk a former employee.
3. Have a "communication" talk. Within the first 90 days of a job, set aside some time with your new manager (or each manager, if you have more than one) to go over some ground rules, says Lindsey Pollak, author of Becoming the Boss. How does she want to hear from you? In person? E-mail? Text? If you're running late, what is the best way to tell her? It may seem like small stuff, but keeping the lines of communication running smoothly—and not inadvertently peeving her with long voicemails or weekend e-mails—can get you off to a great start!
This was originally published as "Wow Your Boss" in the August 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan. Click here to subscribe to the digital edition.
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