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.