After posting here several times about my job search and post-MBA malaise, I have been offered an Account Manager position. This wasn't what I wanted to do entirely, but I want to be great at it, so I can move into a position I would want in a year or so. How do I be awesome at my job?
I talked about my career conundrums here
, and here.
After a few interviews for the jobs I wanted that didn't go very far, I took some advice and am about to accept an offer as an Account Manager for a software company. The company is small, and at the moment I'll be reporting up to the COO, and he has indicated that as long as I'm good at my job, and can demonstrate aptitude the career paths can be non-traditional; in other words, I can write my own ticket and move into a position I'd want. So, I want to be awesome at the job so I can move into an operations role in a year or so.
My questions are thus:
-- How do I readjust to the working world? I've been in school for two years and unemployed for 7 months, and I'm not used to having to be up on schedule and my time management has suffered. (I have ADHD, and have been very successful at work and school, but causing much stress to myself and my marriage).
-- How do I make a good first impression? It has been 7 years since I started a new job, and I didn't do the best job of making friends. I've been told it is a social office and I'm new in town and don't have friends besides my husband (which has strained our marriage), so I want to fit in, without doing anything that would make me seem unprofessional or lazy.
-- How do I be an awesome account manager? I did well in my last CAM position, but I'm rusty, and I'm not sure what I did to be so successful. Are there any books or websites that I can look at to develop skills in the next few weeks before I start? When interviewing, it was stated that the team as it stands was not as proactive and strong as they would like, and they wanted the new person to lead by example. What behaviors will help me do this?
This probably could have been 3 different questions, so I appreciate any help to make it easier for me to succeed.
Thanks in advance!