Starting a new job can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming. You're trying to remember everyone's names and learn all the new things you need to know for your job. So, how can you make sure you set yourself up for success? Here are some tips to help you have a great first 90 days on the job:
- Schedule a meeting with your boss. This is a great way to show them that you're proactive and have a good work ethic. You can use this meeting to establish expectations and discuss any performance goals you need to focus on.
- Get to know your co-workers. Your boss will probably introduce you to the team and send out an announcement about your arrival. But you should also take the initiative to casually introduce yourself to people around the office. Make an effort to remember people's names and use them when you talk to them. This will help you build relationships and make it easier to ask them questions later on.
- Find a buddy. You might naturally click with a fellow co-worker who can help you navigate the new workplace. Set up a coffee or lunch with them to get to know them better.
- Make your mark. Once you've learned the basics of your new role, look for opportunities to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. Taking the initiative and making suggestions in meetings will help you establish yourself as a valuable member of the team.
- Be positive and professional. Your co-workers will be forming first impressions of you in the first few months, so be approachable and friendly. But don't be too familiar, and avoid being negative, complaining, or badmouthing your previous employer or colleagues.
- Be open to help. When you start a new job, everyone will be naturally curious about who you are, where you’ve come from and what you might bring to the company. Being approachable and friendly is key; but don’t be too familiar as it can be annoying to some, and make you seem unprofessional.
As your co-workers will be forming first impressions of you in the coming months, be as positive and solution-focused as possible – negativity, complaints and pushiness won’t get you far. Similarly, it’s never a good look to badmouth your previous company or colleagues as it can reflect badly on you.
It’s a fact that the most successful employees are the ones who are proactive, adaptable, friendly and able to seamlessly become part of the team. If you're having trouble navigating a specific role, it can be helpful to talk to professional recruitment specialists to get more advice and information on what's expected of you. If you found your role through a recruitment agency, don’t hesitate to reach out to them for help.