In any new job, of course the first day is the hardest, often fraught with nerves. Finding your feet in the first week can also be overwhelming. The first three months however are often cited as the most important time, traditionally because it is associated with getting past a typical probationary period.
Successful people don’t treat these opening 90 days as a trial though, simply making sure they hit sales targets or finish projects in time – those goals are a given. The very best new employees have an additional agenda, a checklist of their own of things to achieve. Here are some of them, which you might want to adopt next time you move jobs:
1. Set personal goals
The targets and deadlines from your new boss are only the first thing to concern yourself with. Before you get those, set yourself some personal goals, related to why you wanted this job and where you want it to take you, so that you can measure your own success. Consider how you sold yourself at interview to ensure you deliver on what you said you could do and feel free to re-evaluate these goals as you go, always giving yourself something new to aim for.
2. Become invaluable
Say yes to everything. In your quest for knowledge about the role, the company, and its people, saying yes and taking on additional responsibilities or seizing simple opportunities will accelerate your learning curve. New employees are often well placed due to their previous experience to spot weaknesses in processes or shortfalls in productivity. Successful people look for these and come up with a creative solution, increasing their value to their new employer.
3. Meet absolutely everyone:
New employees tend to befriend immediate co-workers and teammates and not stray far from their desk in their first weeks. In contrast, successful people go out of their way to meet everyone, from the mailroom to the CEO. They volunteer to sit in on meetings to learn as much as possible and they take every networking opportunity that comes their way.
4. Regularly evaluate:
Successful employees not only self-evaluate their personal goals, but explicitly seek feedback as early as possible, to correct their path if necessary. They track their hours to ensure optimum productivity, as well as downtime, and attempt to sustain as many good habits and practices as possible. They are even mindful of the past, nurturing former working relationships rather than burning bridges, just in case.
It sounds impossible to perform all of these as well as start a new job, but even mentally taking them on board and being aware of just some of these tips should help you start your new position at your very best.