Seven Social engineering Tips for the Sytem Admins who are going to join in a new team.

Are you a new  system admin who is going to join in a new team for your new job? If your answer is yes, certainly this post very much useful for you. Below 7 points that I am discussing here will help you to establish healthy relationship with your new team and also helps you to make your Knowledge Training ( In short K.T.)  comfortable and fun-filled.

In this post i am discussing about the non-technical points alone , and I will post another article for technical stuff to be focused during the initial period of new job role.

 1.Trying to impress your Boss? just don’t do it

Yes. If you want to have a comfortable job environment you should first win your team’s trust before you start impressing your boss with your work. Please remember every boss respects the team member whom every other team member respects, and during initial stage of your job, your boss only tells you what he is expecting from you , but it is the team who actually helps you to understand the practical challenges that you have to face to meet those expectations. 

2. Just forget about your previous job and the way you worked there:

Yes.  During initial stage of your new job, if you try to carry your comfort of your old job into new environment then you will obviously end up with a feeling of disappointment  although the new job is much better in many ways compared to your old one.

         For the first two or three months of your new job, don’t be hurry to compare new job with your past job and proposing changes in new environment, instead you just focus on learning the things as it is now.  Once you finish your knowledge training and when you believe that you completely understood the challenges in your new job, you can start proposing your ideas for the improvements in a way that wont criticise the existing procedures.  

3. Spend time with your team, but not to judge them as  good or bad.

In any job, there are no good and bad kind of people, but there are only professional and unprofessional kind of people. My meaning to unprofessional folks is “who will take job related conflicts and arguments personally and who let their old emotions towards you influence your work”

          If you judge people as good or bad, you always end up with reaching those people whom you thought as good, to help you.  During the initial period  those good folks might help you  for every thing you are asking for,  but later they might not be having same level comfort and time to help you. So establish same level of comfortable relation with eachand  every team member and approach them for help as and when appropriate.

4. Your expectations on each team member should be based on their comfort instead of  your requirement :

During initial stage of your job, don’t expect that every one should help you for  every thing because you are a new member. Many professional folks don’t like it, and the more you make them uncomfort the more they will avoid you in future.  During personal meetings with each of your team member,  you should do little mind work to understand the skill level of each individual and approach the right person when you have right question for them.

5. Be flexible with your timings during the Learning phase in your new job:

If your boss allocated someone to mentor you for your new role, just make  yourself more flexible in terms of timings and work, to make your mentor more comfortable to train you. 

          During the learning, don’t make any such comments that expresses either ‘your dislike with any part of the new job role’ or ‘your feeling of superiority over your mentors’ skill in any specific area’ , that will discourage your mentor to train you at his best.

6. Dont try to get appreciation from the day one:

Doesn’t matter how good you performed in your old job, just don’t try to receive same level of appreciation and recognition in your new role, starting from the day one. Every role is unique in it’s own way, and the team need sometime to realise how good you are in your new role. Once you gain team’s respect and trust, the recognition and appreciation will reach you on their own.

7. Identify the areas of learning for your self-improvement, and set your personal goals related them:

When ever we join to a new job, it is always the boss who sets our goals and we work to reach his expectations.In addition to these job related goals, you should also set your personal learning goals that you can achieve by using the resources and technologies available in your new role.

Setting personal goals helps you to keep yourself up-to-date with the industry requirements, and the success in your personal learning goals could open doors for you to get assigned for some challenging tasks for which your boss couldn’t find matching senior resource in the team. 

What is your opinion, please drop your comments.  



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27 Responses

  1. sreenath says:

    very interesting and informative
    thanks Ramdev for sharing this type of valuable informations

  2. Saurabh says:

    Very Good Article with which everyone can relate to and follow.

  3. Coos Klarenbeek says:

    Very valuable tips while changing team, which is globally applicable.
    Good Job Ramdev !

  4. Naveen says:

    Ram, Good Job….Boss

  5. meagan says:

    This is great advice for any new job!

  6. Yogesh Raheja says:

    Also indeed of running behind the technical or setup information initially. I would suggest to learn and understand the process which is very much important now a days for any client or in-house project. Once you are familiar with the process then you will technical work very much simpler. Hope this will be a add-on to the wonderful post of Ram. Nice work done Ram!!!..

  7. Yogesh says:

    Hi Nicely describe Sir!!!!!! good one, all should follow to keep healthy relation with your new job team mates and boss. I would like to ask you one more Q.

    What if you find your profile change in your new job.. even before we need to accept is as a positive, or we should run away and search for new job.

    i would like to learn Symantec suite, VCS and VXVM, can you guide me for the same. for this please reach me at


    Yogesh Malwankar

  8. Matt says:

    I have found in the industry more increasingly that common sense is becoming less common. very nice refresher to keep us out of trouble and on the way to have success prevail.

  9. seema says:

    Hello Ramdev !!! All acceptable and I agree with point 3 and point 7 ….
    Thanks gurkulindia with all posts and ideas ….

  10. SK says:

    Valuable info that required for the guys who are gona join their new roles.
    thanks for ……..

  11. Michael Michael says:

    good one ram 

  12. Mahesh says:

    excellent one!!

  13. Sateesh says:

    Great.. it seems to be a better article i have read in past.

  14. Yogesh Raheja says:

    @Mahesh,Sateesh, thank you very much!!…

  15. Youssef ASEBRIY says:

    Excellent, very interesting, i really like it

  16. vinod tungale says:

    valuable informations

  17. Umar says:

    Hi Ramdev, Greetings, this is very useful & helpful. great job keep it up. Thanx

  18. kingsley says:

    very good tips, keep it up

  19. Jagan M says:

    Very Great Tips

  20. snehal says:

    excellent article ram….had ever read like this before….keep posting.

    Doing great job!

  21. snehal says:

    I want to post a job, where can I get the link?

  22. Ramdev Ramdev says:

    Snehal, for now  please post in our facebook group. . i haven’t enabled job posting yet in here.

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