Taking on a new boss or new position opens you up to many new opportunities and challenges. The key here is to take advantage of the new situations that will arise for you on a new job. The relationship that you establish with the new management could help you advance to higher positions, and make the working atmosphere a bit more pleasant. Here is some advice that CCA knows could help you create that bond.

Taking the first steps in getting to know your boss.

Learning your new boss’s communication style is one of the most important things you could do if wanting to create a solid relationship. This way, you know what they expect from you and the requirements that come with your job. Introduce yourself first; don’t wait for them to come to you. They’re new too, and any boss worth his/her weight would value an employee with initiative.

Jean Kelley, of Jean Kelley Leadership Consulting, states, “It’s really up to the person getting a new boss to schedule a meeting and have questions prepared.” She recommends asking your new questions such as, “How are you going to measure my success? What do you value in an employee? What is the biggest challenge in your area in the next six months? How do you perceive me helping you be successful? Also be sure to ask practical questions, like what phone calls are really important to get through to them.” It’s also advised to learn if they prefer to communicate through face-to-face meetings, telephone calls, or emails. Everyone is different, so these pertinent facts are important.

Anticipate Changes

Every new manager has something new to bring to the table. You should expect to see some changes in procedures and/or structuring in staff. They may even require less or more meetings and re-vamp department goals.

It’s not that uncommon for a new boss to come into a work situation where you’ve been working on a project and they ask to have it done another way. It’s best to remember that their request is nothing personal, even though it may take more work to accomplish, they just have a certain way they want to run things and prefer to have it done their way to possibly improve the methods that have been place for sometime.

Take advantage of this fresh start.

With every new boss, opportunities are created to show your skill, professionalism, and initiative. They aren’t familiar with any of your work history or former accomplishments or failures, so it’s up to you to show them your work ethic and expertise. It’s a time where you can re-brand yourself in ways that could lead to promotions. Share your ideas with them, or even possible measures that will cut costs or reduce productivity time. It’s entirely up to you to use this opportunity to improve your career.