A simple failure to communicate the task clearly in the beginning had almost resulted in John’s termination three weeks after he started his new job.
Fortunately, we were all able to dodge a bullet. After my call to the employer, John and his boss sat down to discuss the project. The assignment was quickly clarified, and John went on to complete the documentation needed to meet the deadline.
John was lucky that my intervention helped save his job.
If you’re working with a recruiter, make sure he or she keeps in touch with the company, to monitor your progress.
You owe it to your career to sharpen your task clarity. Ask for a weekly review for the first month or so of your employment, and try not to let things get set on automatic pilot, especially in the beginning.
With a little bit of planning, it’s possible to make a smooth transition from one job to the next.