Starting a New Job at PayPal

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I am thrilled to start a new job today as Partner Marketing Manager at PayPal. I will be developing and executing channel marketing programs for PayPal’s global partner network. Much like my product marketing role in the VeriSign SSL unit of Symantec, I will be working with online shopping cart vendors, ecommerce hosting services and mobile commerce platforms – the companies that really make ecommerce click. I could not ask for a better opportunity.

While I will be working to transform how we pay for all the great stuff that we buy, I am also reminded that the starting point of any new job is critical. Sure everyone gets to start out fresh with a new job. But what are you going to do with that clean slate?

The First 90 Days, Michael Watkins, Harvard Business Press, best seller, career guide, job guideIt is often the first 3-4 month at a new job that determine your long term success with your career at new company.  Or as best-selling career guide The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins emphasizes – you need to put yourself on the path to a virtuous cycle, not a vicious cycle. The start of a new job is a situation that you have to figure out key questions like:

  • How can I accelerate my learning in the organization?
  • What questions should I ask… and to whom should I ask them?
  • What is the best way to successfully promote myself?
  • How can I secure some early (and highly visible) wins?

For the next several weeks, is going to be a how-to guide for marketers who are starting a new job. I am going to share how I apply the tips and best practices from The First 90 Days in my approach to my new partner marketing role at PayPal. This is the framework that I have used successfully in previous jobs. More importantly, my goal is to provide a step-by-step blueprint for anyone who is starting with a new company or a new career. Make sure to follow along!

2 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Puna says:

    Good luck with this Bob! I can’t wait to read about how this book has helped you out at your new job.

  2. Bob Angus says:

    Thanks Puna! PayPal has been a blast. The world of payments is definitely changing fast.

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