You've been searching and interviewing and all for the pursuit of that golden ring (a new job)! The harsh reality is that 60+% of you won't be in that job 18 months from now. Why? Only a very small number of you didn't have the right skills to do the job. For the rest of you, it was a result of your Emotional IQ.
So, what can you do to protect your new position? Lots! Ronnie Ann at Work Coach Cafe listed 7 ways to insure your job by gaining more control over your Emotional IQ. For greater insight, you'll want to read her entire post here. I've paraphrased them below:
- You always have choices, don't play the victim.
- Build strong relationships at work
- Be perceived as having a positive attitude (perception equals reality)
- Don't let your emotions drive your behavior
- Avoid the blame game
- It isn't always about being right, know when to give in or back down
- Look for possibilities and opportunities
I will also add number eight (8)
8. Always be looking for your next job (networking and exploring)
I am not going to place all the blame on you or the employer. Interviewing is not an exact science. Everyone is trying their best to be a good employee and a good employer. If you treat this new job like a relationship- open dialog, honest communication and a desire to make it work, it just might.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.