Advice from the Other Side: The First 90 Days

Congratulations! You’ve survived the interview process and have begun your first post-college job. You can relax a bit now that the initial job search is over (phew) but be careful not to relax too much. Read on for a few tips on making the most of your first 90 days on the job.

Set goals. During the beginning of your new position, you should sit down with your supervisor and determine your goals for the first 90 days. Establish early on what success looks like for your boss, and figure out what he/she is looking to see from you in the first three months. To go a step further, schedule weekly meetings with your supervisor to discuss your progress toward meeting their expectations. Setting clear goals in those crucial first weeks will set you up for success for the remainder of your time in that role.

The first 90 days of a new job are essentially a probationary period, and you need to be on your A game.

Get to know your colleagues. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – coffee is the key to success. During the first few months of your new job, it’s a great idea to treat your colleagues to a coffee or tea. These one-on-one meetings can be casual, and they are a great way to get to know everyone’s role in the office. Be sure to ask each of your colleagues how you can best work together and collaborate.

Write down your thoughts. You were hired to fill a specific role, but it never hurts to bring new ideas to the table. As a new employee, you have a unique perspective and are able to look at the organization with fresh eyes. During the first 90 days, jot down all of your thoughts and impressions about everything you are involved in. Don’t be afraid to go to your supervisor with new ideas for improving your work environment.

The first 90 days at a new job (especially in your first career-related position) are a little like being the new kid at school – nerve-wracking! Use these tips to ease yourself into your new role and you’ll be sure to make an impact at your organization before you know it.

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