This blog covers the topic of “The first 90 days in a new job and the tips for nailing it”
The first 90 days in a new job are an important time for many reasons. You are getting to know your new company, responsibilities and colleagues and they are also getting to know you. Impressions are formed on fairly limited information in both directions and as a new starter, it is important that you make the first 90 days count.
So why 90 days?
For most roles it is the standard probation period, a time in which an employer retains the right to terminate the contract of a new employee if they are not deemed to be performing to the required standard in their role. So you want to make sure that you excel during this tricky period.
Today I will share with you the tips I’ve learned on delivering value to your organisation when starting a new position within the first months.
#1 Start as you mean to go on
The first day on your new job doesn’t need to be the first time you interact with your new team. Why not take the initiative to contact your new employer and ask for information about your new role and how it fits into the existing team and business goals so that you can formalise your thoughts and questions before you start.
#2 Be Prepared to Absorb as much information as you can
Absorb as much as you can about your colleagues, their roles and responsibilities and how the company operates. Form meaningful personal and professional relationships with your new colleagues as this is an important step in settling into any new role.
#3 Be proactive
Take the initiative and ask for work. There is always a tendency to underwork new employees which can be a good way of allowing them to bed in, however, there is a risk that you do not get to show what you can do and by being too passive it can be hard to make your mark.
#4 Secure an early win
Proving your worth early on is a huge way to build your reputation among your employer and colleagues. The early win does not have to be massive, just a tangible indication that you are capable. That might be delivering a task ahead of schedule, collaborating on a task or achieving a positive result.
#5 Ask for Feedback
Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback on how well you are doing. Be open-minded, and coachable: you will be seen as easy to communicate with, and people will be more likely to give you honest feedback.
#6 Pitch your new ideas
Show how you’ve approached the problem in the past, and present the outcomes. Find credible case studies or sources to support your pitch. And give time for your team and manager to digest the information.
The first 90 days will most likely fly by and you’ll be firmly established in your new role before you know it. But keep in mind these tips and you’ll be sure to excel from day one. By preparing ahead you can show your eagerness before you have even started. Absorbing as much information about your role and colleagues will equip you to succeed. Being proactive and getting involved will show your colleagues and employer that you are serious about your new job. And finally, securing an early win is one of the best ways to really make your mark.
Kathryn Hall "The Career Owl" helps you to explore your career options, whether you are seeking to enter the world of work for the first time, seeking a career change or returning back to work from a career break.