New Year, New Job?

Lucy Spooner, Lead Consultant at Realise Unlimited, shares tips on managing the exciting, yet daunting, task of starting a new job.

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Newness is always exciting; be that a new year and the resolutions that come with it (have you managed to keep yours?), establishing new routines or starting a new job.

For many, the hunt for a new job begins as a new year comes around. And often, once the excitement wears off and new job reality kicks in, starting a new role can be very daunting. You’re presented with a list of targets (often set before you join), a budget (that is definitely not going to be big enough) and one big question: how long will it take you to reach your targets?

Stop. Take a deep breath. Having a clear strategy and key milestones from day one isn’t always possible, but with a stake in the ground and targets on the horizon, it’s just a matter of creating a road map to get there.

The first step is to work out where you are (hopefully you managed to find the new office!) in terms of the key metrics that will help you reach your targets.

How many people are on the base? How many contactable? An audit of any reporting/insight – is it fit for purpose? Accurate? An audit of the data – is it robust? An audit of how you are collecting data – GDPR compliant? Is it in keeping with the brand? Standardised? All opportunities realised? What’s your team like? Any good? What’s your tech stack? Is it fit for purpose? Once you have the answers to these questions you can move to step two.

The second step is to consider what needs to happen to get you from where you are now to
where you want to be. Is it feasible? How long have you got to get there? What are the key levers that need to move to be able to realise the opportunity? What can you do to allow for quick wins and harder gains?

The final step is to bridge the gap. You now know where you are, you know what you need to do to get there and which levers need to change. So, you now need to define a clear and precise roadmap to help you get there.

Is your base big enough? The right quality of customers? Or dormant? Are your communications working hard enough? The profile of your customers what you need? Should you upskill your team or bring in specialist resource to get things up and running quicker? Do you need to invest in tech, or just get the basics right?

Often, once the excitement wears off and new job reality kicks in, starting a new role can be very daunting.

Alongside the roadmap should be clear, accurate and actionable reporting to monitor how you are doing. Each month can be tracked against the longer-term plan to ensure you’re on track and going to hit the targets. Clear timelines against each target provide reassurance that you’re on track.

Success is built on knowing where you are, where you want to be and how you are going to get there, as well as measuring and monitoring to ensure the long terms gains are achieved. This is how you Realise Unlimited potential.


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