New Job

5 Things To Avoid Doing At Your New Job (part 4)


You already know three things to avoid doing at your new job, they are:

Here’s the fourth thing!

4. Feeling It’s Your Boss’ Responsibility to Build A Productive Working Relationship With You

You’ve just joined the team and the thrill of new work challenges causes dopamine to shoot to your brain. You’re feeling on top of the world!

It would be pretty easy to become self-focused as you learn all about your new role, what is expected of you, and what challenges you face on a regular basis.

Catch yourself before you become so focused on yourself that you lose sight of one of your all-important responsibilities - building an effective working relationship with your boss!

The relationship you build or don’t build with your boss is going to be one of the single biggest contributors to you doing well in your new role.

Manage this key relationship well and your career (and probably life) will be a ton easier!  

But hear me out before you start to tune out!

I am not saying you need to respond to every single request of your boss within 30 seconds of when he or she asks. I am not saying that you need to put aside your self-respect to meet their overbearing demands.

Rather, what I am saying is that the interview process is like the dating relationship with your boss, and now that you’re on the bus, this is marriage.

Proactively and positively manage your relationship with your boss or it will manage you.

Think of it as a 300 lb German Shepherd - you’ll want to feed it, walk it, and play with it now and again. And if you don’t, you’ll be like one of those young kids you see trying to pull one of those monsters on a leash. You’ll be dragged and jerked in every direction.

So what are you to do?

Here are 7 simple ways to build a relationship with your boss:


#1 Believe the best. Don’t believe, like Michael Scott, that “boss” is just slang for Jerk In Charge.

#2 Build enduring trust. David Horsager’s book, The Trust Edge, outlines eight pillars necessary to build lasting relationships with others. Check it out here.

#3 Follow skillfully. Much is written about leadership; little is written about the other side of leadership, followership. Follow these rules closely.

#4 Lead up well. Use the strategies in this book to effectively manage your manager so that you both win!

#5 Stay out of drama triangles. Not sure what I mean? Watch this video to learn how to do avoid the drama and do the work.

#6 Avoid the Fundamental Attribution Error (FAE). What do I mean? To quote Wikipedia, “In social psychology, the Fundamental Attribution Error, also known as the correspondence bias or attribution effect, is people’s tendency to place an undue emphasis on internal characteristics to explain someone’s else’s behavior in a given situation, rather than considering external factors.”

Essentially, consider external factors before assuming people are just mean, selfish, or out to get you.

#7 Communicate good news fast and bad news faster. While it’s unlikely that your boss wields the power of the dark side like Darth Vader, communicate openly and in a timely manner.

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5 Ways To Polish Your LinkedIn Profile


Whether you’re looking for work, want to network like a pro, or hope companies will hire you to do contract work, you’ll want to have a LinkedIn profile that boosts your credibility and creates interest. Here are 5 things you can do to improve your LinkedIn profile:


While selfies, family photos, or those pictures you took with your friends at the bar, work on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, remember, LinkedIn is a professional network. Make your first investment in your career and put your money where your mouth is. Hire a professional headshot photographer to take a picture of your “money maker.”

A skilled headshot photographer will run you around $200. Once you’ve got several headshots in hand, run a few of your favorites past your friends, family, and colleagues to help you choose which one to use on your profile. Ultimately, it’s your decision of course, but the insight you get from people you trust is invaluable.

One final note, your LinkedIn profile picture is a marketing tool – you want this picture to look like your best self while still being recognizably you! No over-the-top glamour shots please – you’ll ultimately disappoint others when they meet you face to face.

Unsure how to find a photographer?

  • Use Thumbtack to locate headshot photographers near you
  • Please, please, please ask to see some of their other headshots your photographer has taken already


Most professionals on LinkedIn leave their professional headline the same as their current work role – how completely boring and uninspiring is that? Remember, your LinkedIn profile is one of your most important marketing tools to launch your career into hyper-drive.

Instead, what you can do is craft a customized professional headline that fits your career objectives. For example, if you’re an independent contractor looking for work, you want to identify what your bottom-line value is to potential clients along with some of your personal brand – or how you prefer to do your work.

Some of my favorite LinkedIn headlines are from these folks:


Now that your headshot looks like something off of GQ or Vogue [okay – if you read that line without questioning it – you’d better re-read the first point] and your headline is intriguing, it’s time to right your killer summary.

Think about it. Most hiring managers and executives are looking at your profile on their mobile device – so you need to get to the point quickly and each line of your summary needs to be more compelling than the last. You want to keep these folks’ attention!

And while your personal interests may intrigue friends and family, remember that hiring managers and executives are looking for how you can help them or their company:

  • Make money
  • Save money
  • Save time

For more helpful tips on how to write a killer summary, check out this fantastic article by personal branding guru William Arruda


LinkedIn ranks your profile based on many variables, one of them is the endorsements and recommendations that other professionals give to you. Okay, so you’ve decided that you want to get other people to give you endorsement and recommendations, how do you go about doing this?

The bottom-line here is that you get what you give. One strategy that you can take to increase the number of recommendations, endorsements and also improve your profile views and rank is to give endorsements and recommendations to others.

Login to LinkedIn and find those professionals who really enjoy working with and who provided a lot of value to you or your company. Take the time to not only click on the endorsements on their LinkedIn profile, but write a few sentences of a recommendation for their profile. Once you do this, send it to them and ask if they’d reciprocate – likely they will and both of your LinkedIn profiles will be better off!

If the colleague you want an endorsement from is an extremely successful or busy professional you can make their life easier by writing up a LinkedIn profile recommendation for them about you and send it to them to copy, edit, and paste on your LinkedIn profile as them. They’ll love you for doing this and you’ll win extra “easy-to-work-with” brownie points.


Finally, remember that your LinkedIn profile is not a one-and-done. You wouldn’t dream of wearing clothes that are out of style or worn out to work, so treat your LinkedIn profile the same way. Regularly make updates to it. If you’re extremely busy and want to leverage your time, schedule a time on your calendar once a quarter where you re-read your LinkedIn profile and make adjustments.

Also, make sure you’re updating your LinkedIn profile with recent courses that you completed, certifications you achieved, new associations you joined, or new positions you landed. And please update your status every so often so that we know you’re still alive – once a week is plenty. Other professionals want to see what you’re reading, what you’re doing to grow, or what advice you’d give them.

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