The first 90 days of a new job are crucial to leave good impressions. You get to know your new business, your responsibilities, and your colleagues, and they too get to know you.
Whether one way or the other, impressions are based on relatively limited information. And as a newcomer, it’s important that you make an impact in the first 90 days. Starting a new job is a bit like visiting a new country. You are the one who denotes in the landscape, and therefore your every move will be noticed. This is why it is very important to adopt a positive attitude and not to start giving comments all the time, a mistake that young employees usually tend to make.
So here are five tips to help you shine for the first 90 days in your new business.
Arrive well prepared
Don’t necessarily wait until the first day of work to interact with your new colleagues. Take the time to contact your new employer in the weeks leading up to your appointment and ask them questions about your new position and how it fits into the current team and the objectives of the business. Arriving on your first day having already shown your desire to get involved and prepare for your new role is sure to make a strong impression. But more importantly, you will immediately be immersed in the bath and able to leave a good impression on the new job.
Listen and learn
Absorb as much information as possible about your new colleagues, their roles and responsibilities, and how the business works. Your ability to remember this information can be decisive in showing your new employer that you are involved in your duties and that you have a real interest in them. It will also allow you to forge meaningful personal and professional bonds with your new colleagues, which is an important step when taking on a new job.
Obviously, your first 90 days will be very busy: you will have a lot to learn and take on a number of new challenges. However, it is very important that you avoid being too passive about your new tasks. In other words, don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Take the initiative yourself to ask how to make yourself useful. In fact, at first, new employees are always a little under-exploited in order to allow them to fit into the mold. But at the same time, this approach may prevent you from showing the full extent of your talents. An overly passive attitude, therefore, could complicate the situation when it comes to finding your marks.
Just as showing your willingness to perform more tasks and join the team is very important, it is just as important that you get involved in activities that are outside the scope of your daily tasks. Many companies organize the lunch break formally or informally, as well as activities outside of working hours. This is a great way to get to know your colleagues and vice versa, but also to learn to love your job. Far from coming only from the accomplishment of various tasks, job satisfaction and performance are indeed also based on collaboration with colleagues and working relationships. Discovering your colleagues outside of work can therefore certainly help you.
Get results quickly
Proving your worth as early as possible will greatly strengthen your reputation with your employer and colleagues. Getting results quickly is therefore the perfect way to show them that you are capable of making a positive change in your job. These results don’t have to be spectacular, it’s just a clear idea of your capabilities. For example, you can complete a task before the deadline, offer your collaboration to your colleagues, or simply get a positive result.
The first 90 days will likely go by at lightning speed, and you’ll be well established in your new role before you know it. That said, keep our tips in mind, and you’ll be sure to make an impression from day one. First of all, taking the initiative to prepare yourself will allow you to show your determination before you even begin. Then, absorbing as much information as possible about your job and your colleagues will put you in a position to be successful. And being proactive and involved will signal your co-workers and employer that you are not taking your new role lightly. Finally, getting results quickly is without a doubt the best way to make an impression in the new job.