4 career boosting talks to have with your new boss

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You’re starting a new job? Congratulations! While a new job is usually a sign of better things to come, to be truly successful at your job and ultimately your career, you need to actively seek new growth opportunities. One of the best ways to do this is knowing what your boss expects from you.

Use these four things as a discuss with your boss as soon as possible.

1. Why did I get the job?
Of course you were probably the most qualified from all the other job applicants, but the hiring manger had a lot more to consider than your qualifications, great smile and well-put together speech. Ask your manager why the comapny chose you – what did they see in you that made them believe you would add value to the team?

Find out what it was and then spend every day proving your worth.

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2. How can I learn more?
When you join a new company, you’ll most likely be welcomed, meet the team you’ll be working with and find out what your duties and responsibilities will be in your new role. Chat to your manager and find out what you can do to learn more. It's important to structure a sort of learning path with your manager to clearly define where you fit in and how you can grow.

3. What’s my role?  
You were hired for a reason – find out what that reason was. Ask your manager what the plan is – discuss what your departmental and company goals are so that you can seek opportunities to reach those goals. Remember, it's doing more than the minimum and exceeding expectations that opens the door of opportunity.

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4. Your feedback is important to me
Honesty is the best policy especially when it comes to building successful relationships. Ask your manager for regular feedback and guidance to ensure that you’re always on the same page and are meeting, or exceeding, their expectations. You also need to realise that giving feedback to your manager is just as important. Always give feedback in a professional manager so that the team can grow stronger.

For more tips on how to grow professionally, visit our career growth column.