You’ve done all the research and finally found a job! Yes! All that hard work is finally paying off. Well, I’m here to share some news with you…the hard work has really just begun. Getting the new job is the easy part. Getting the most from this experience and leveraging your connections in your new role is the real key you need to unlock future success.
In the first 90 days on a new job (full-time, part-time, or seasonal), you’ll want to take a few steps to leave the best lasting impression and create future opportunities for yourself.
Ask Questions and Write Down the Answers. As a new hire, don’t assume anything and make careless mistakes. If you don’t understand, ask a reliable source and jot down the response for future reference.
Request Feedback Often. Some companies give new employee evaluations and some do not. As a new hire, it is important to know how you are doing and what you need to work on to become better in your position. Ask your hiring manager for constructive feedback after the first 2 weeks, 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days of employment. Determine what you need to know to get “up to speed” with others in the department and apply it quickly to show your commitment to learning the role and company culture.
Seek out a Mentor. Listen, watch, and eventually, seek out an individual who can and would be willing to “show you the ropes” within the company and amongst peers and colleagues. Few companies have formal mentoring programs for new hires, so you will want to get the recommendations of peers and other employees on whom to approach on this request. In many cases, your mentor may be your supervisor or boss, but that is not always the case. A good mentor can help you chart future promotional opportunities and offer professional advice on beneficial skills to learn and adapt to show value in your new job.
Get Involved & Add Value. With the aid of your mentor, identify best ways to make a lasting positive impression in your new role. How can you add value to your department? What challenges present itself in your workplace that you can take on as a problem solver? How can you make your supervisor look good? Are there affinity groups or community involvement projects that you can get involved in outside of the company? What key areas could you address in your new job that would make your company better or more profitable?
Update your Résumé & Expand your Network. Now that you’ve landed a new job, update your résumé and other professional marketing materials noting your new job and any new projects you’ve worked on. Highlight new skills and competencies that add value to your career goals. Through your mentor connections, identify the “movers and shakers” of the organization and introduce yourself. Offer to assist on a pet project, if possible.
Please keep in mind that these tips can be effective in our new job whether you work as a lifeguard at a local community pool or if you’re the new accounting assistant in a Fortune 500 firm. There is no such thing as a small job, only small people and small minds in jobs. Opportunities come in all shapes, sizes, and timeframes. Make the best out of every career pursuit and create the type of future that will ultimately be rewarding personally, professionally, and financially!
See you at the top!
~The Career Confidence Coach