"First Hundred Days" Offers Career Advice for First-Job Employees

Jan 05, 2016, 08:45 ET from Jeffrey Tarter

WATERTOWN, Mass., Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- You've landed that terrific new job. Now what?

That's the question that author Jeffrey Tarter answers in his new career guide, "The First Hundred Days: How to Hit the Ground Running With a Brand-New Job" (available on Amazon in paperback for $8.50 and Kindle for $2.99).

"Despite all the great advice out there about how to find a job, it's almost always sink-or-swim when you show up on Day One of your new career," says Tarter. "You're surrounded by strangers and the rules for success seem to be a secret. It can be pretty stressful."

Even worse, your new colleagues and managers will start making snap judgments about you almost instantly. "Yes, you can often recover from a negative first impression," says Tarter. "But it's far, far better to take control of your reputation and relationships right from the beginning."

"The First Hundred Days" draws on a broad range of research and interviews to identify common first-job challenges and deliver hands-on solutions. The book is organized around core sections on Relationships, Results, Reputation, and Job Satisfaction, and each section provides a combination of insightful background information and detailed implementation checklists. In addition, a Personal Stories section presents a collection of first-person accounts of new-job experiences, and a Playbook section describes winning tactics for important work-related tasks--such as running a meeting, making a presentation, and managing a project budget--that you probably didn't learn in school.

"As any job-seeker will tell you, companies have become obsessive about screening prospective employees for specific skills and credentials," Tarter notes. "What you don't hear about is the painfully high attrition rate for new employees--often, anywhere from 25% to 50% in the first year, with many more employees who survive but never get promoted beyond entry-level assignments. One of my top goals with 'The First Hundred Days' is to help more rookie employees survive their first days on the job and even become stars."

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"First Hundred Days" author Jeffrey Tarter is a veteran business writer who has helped create more than a dozen newsletters, newspapers, magazines, professional associations, conferences, and software companies. He has worked as a Time-Life staff writer, senior editor at Inc. Magazine, combat reporter, technology industry analyst, marketing copywriter, management consultant, conference producer, expert witness, and ghost writer. He has also washed dishes (Robert Heinlein's perennial job for the unskilled), assembled helicopter controls, sold printing, and clerked in a pawn shop. Drawing on this diverse background, Tarter has recently published a book entitled "The First Hundred Days: How to Hit the Ground Running With a Brand-New Job". Copies are available in paperback or Kindle versions on the Amazon Web site.

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