Wouldn’t you agree that transitioning into a new job can be a lot to manage? Your first 90 days is critically important and is all about fitting into the company culture, learning new processes and procedures, and being able to adjust to your new workload. Making a great impression quickly is imperative!
Volunteer for Assignments: Stepping up to the plate without being asked is instrumental in how your fellow peers and supervisors view your initiative and willingness to add to the organization. However, be careful not to volunteer for too many assignments that you can’t follow through on! Be aware of what you can and can’t deliver, and don’t be afraid to say no. Taking on too many responsibilities would be a disservice to your team, and to your job.
Be Nice to People: Whether it is someone from the cleaning crew or a posh executive, everyone who shows up to your organization works together to make everything efficient. Treat others with respect; you never know who could be your boss tomorrow, or who could be a good reference!
Prioritize Your Work: It is critical to categorize your day to day tasks by level of importance. There may be some tasks more mundane than others, but use those opportunities to hone your skills.
Stay Positive: With any new position, you must stay positive. Every new position has its challenges! You will be confused. You will be flustered. You will be discouraged. Just remember this: Your employer selected you. Now is your time to shine and prove that not only they made the right decision, but that you made the right decision as well. Take a small win from each day of something new you’ve learned or accomplished. Build on those wins and you’ll see how far you’ve come!
Highlight a Problem but Bring Solutions: Depending on your organization, they may have certain processes in place that they’ve used for ages that you may disagree with. However to give yourself credibility when bringing the problem to their attention, you must bring an alternative solution to fix the problem. Otherwise, how can they ever see that it’s a problem? Not only will it show your initiative, it will also show your creativity and innovation.
Manage Expectations and Set goals: Don’t fib about your skills! Your manager will take your learning curve into consideration if she knows your true assets and skill levels. Once you and your supervisor are on the same page as it relates to your starting point, set your goals! The number one question you must ask your supervisor and gain agreement to: What does my Supervisor expect me to accomplish within the first 90 days? Being mutually clear on what your supervisor expects of you and what you can accomplish is critical. Build a plan, drive towards achieving those goals, and your manager will be impressed.
Written by Jessica Nguyen
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