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Starting off on the Right Foot With a New Boss

Starting off on the Right Foot With a New Boss in a Sales Job

The Betts Team
October 13, 2015

Congrats on the new sales job! Your first 90 days at a sales job are the most critical. You’re giving a first impression to the entire company, including your boss. There are some “easy” things you can make sure you’re doing: Showing up to meetings on time and prepared, or going above and beyond on your projects.

But, what about managing the relationship between you and your boss?

How can you keep your boss happy?

With these 4 tips, you can make sure that you’re never passed up for a promotion and always on your boss’s good side.

Keep Your Boss In The Loop

There are a lot of different types of managers out there, but chances are, your boss has a lot on their plate. They might not always have time to monitor you to make sure you’re doing your work or have enough to do. When new to a job, it’s always a good idea to keep your boss up to date on what you’re doing.

We typically recommend that people send a weekly update email on Friday afternoons that includes everything that you completed that week, and everything that is yet to be completed.

If you want extra brownie points, email them on Monday morning telling them what you’re going to be working on that week, and if they need help with anything else.

Be Sensitive With Your Boss’s Time

Your boss is probably a busy person, and has a lot going on. If you’re constantly walking up to their desk asking for something, they might start to dread the sight of you.

If it’s something “on fire” simply ask, “do you have a minute to talk?” or rather, “do you have a few minutes to talk about my sales numbers?” On the other hand, don’t be afraid to book time for longer conversations.

Have Weekly One-on-Ones (And Keep them)

A short weekly one-on-one to talk about your challenges, new ideas, and coaching opportunities can mean the difference between a healthy successful team and an awkward work environment.

You should walk into your weekly one-on-one with an agenda. Don’t let the time go to waste. Furthermore, keep the focus on key issues that are affecting you and don’t let the meeting fall into a status report.

Set Goals and Expectations

Have goals, and make them clear.

Setting expectations with your boss is an important task. Without aligning with your boss on what qualifies as a “win,” you might completely miss the target.

Note – When setting goals with your boss make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T. Goals:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

You’ll have a higher chance of meeting your goal if it’s specific and not general.

What do you think? Do you think these tips will help you start your new job off on the right foot? Let us know in the comments!

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