Got a New Job? Tips for Success During Your First 100 Days at Work
Getting a new job is an exciting time. You’re likely envisioning your first day at work, the people you’ll meet, the cool new places you’ll eat lunch, and what you’ll say to your new co-workers. Once you accept the offer and prepare for your first couple of days at work, your next step is to set up an action plan for how you are going to do the best job possible and wow your supervisor. Just like a new president, you’ll need to show that you can do the job within those first days in your new position. You need to show your manager that he or she made the right decision. This is your chance to prove yourself and possibly even land a promotion. Here are some tips for success during your first 100 days at work.
Days 1 to 30
Take time to observe the company culture. Remember that even if you’re a seasoned professional, you still have a thing or two to learn not only about your job but also your new employer. Make sure you understand which qualities are considered valuable at the company as well as what it takes to rise through the ranks. Also pay attention to how team members communicate. Is it common to just walk into the boss’s or CEO’s office and have an impromptu brainstorming session or are employees expected to make an appointment with the department’s administrative assistant? Familiarize yourself with these details before you roll up your sleeves and get started at your new job. In addition, observe the company dress code.
Realize that you’ll be receiving a ton of new information during your first 30 days. It would be beneficial to take notes so that you can remember information such as your co-worker’s names and basic things such as how to navigate your phone’s voicemail menu.
Also work on building relationships in the office. Get to know your boss and co-workers. Take time to have lunch or go for coffee with key people on your team so you can learn more about how both your department and the organization work. Ask as many questions as you can so that you can reduce your chances of making an embarrassing mistake.
Days 30 to 60
Arrange some time to check in with your boss and ask how you are doing. It’s best to approach your boss about your progress instead of waiting for him or her to speak to you first about your performance. This way, you can get ahead of any issues before they arise. Ask your supervisor about what you need to improve as well as in which areas you are performing well. Make sure you are clear about what is expected of you.
Also take initiative by developing a plan with your boss outlining specific goals you should reach during each month of your first 100 days. You can check in each month to make sure you’re hitting your targets. This will show your supervisor that you are serious about your role and that you are motivated to do your job well instead of just phoning it in. Roughly 66% of employers say motivation is one trait they look for when evaluating job candidates, according to a Career Builder survey. Even though you’re no longer interviewing for the job, you’re still being evaluated during your probation period. Make sure to show how enthusiastic you are to do your job and do it right.
Days 60 to 90
Once you have become more comfortable and your new colleagues have gotten to know you better, make an effort to find a mentor at your new job. Aim to align yourself with a key person who can not only show you the ropes but also stand up for you if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need support during a tough time at work. It could be a situation where you find yourself fighting for your job or it could be during a meeting where one of your ideas is being challenged. You never know when you will need someone to go to bat for you. It will be important to have someone senior to you on your side.
Days 90 and beyond
Reconfirm your targets with your supervisor to make sure you are still on track with the goals you set. If you have any bold, new ideas to share, now is the time to present them and start making some waves. While it’s great to come to a company with fresh ideas, you want to avoid bombarding your new boss with all of them before you’ve even gotten your company ID card. Take a moment to settle in and familiarize yourself with the company before you start sharing. Besides, you want to make sure that you pass the probation period (typically 60 to 90 days) before you start sharing your best ideas. That way, if they decide to let you go, you can either use them for your own projects or share them with a company who decides to keep you long term.
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