Did you just accept a new role in your company or maybe even a new company? Congratulations! Once the excitement and relief over securing a new job is over, you must now take on the key first ninety days of the job.
Get to Know your Team
Now that you have accepted a new position, you likely want to spend the next few years of your life at this company. That means you must get to know those with whom you will be working. That does not simply entail getting to know names and position titles. It means truly learning about the people you work with on a daily basis. What are their responsibilities, what are their strengths and what are their weaknesses? These are all critical bits of information you should learn.
Identify the Priorities of your New Role
You cannot do an effective job in your new role if you aren’t clear on what your responsibilities are. In addition to knowing your responsibilities, you must identify the priorities in the new role. First, start with the high-level priorities of the company. What is their ultimate goal and mission? Next, move onto the priorities of your specific team or department. How do you all contribute to the overall goal? Once you are clear on the priorities of your new role, you will be set up for success.
You are new to the role and maybe even the company. There is valuable feedback available for you, but people may be hesitant to offer it to you. Go ahead and seek out feedback. Because you are still so new to the role, this feedback will likely be extremely helpful. If you shy away from feedback because you’re nervous or scared, you are holding yourself back from a great opportunity. Solicit your boss for feedback and even a coworker who you admire. Not only will you gain important information, but you will also let people know that you are open to feedback and actively looking to improve.
The first three months at a new job are challenging for anyone. However, there are steps you can take to make the first ninety days easier for yourself. First, get to know the group of people you will be working with. Understand how they work best, their weakness and their strengths. Next, identify the priorities of your new role. This will help you settle in. Lastly, invite feedback from those around you early on.