New job? Set yourself up for success in the first 90 days

Credit to Author: Murali Murthy| Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2019 22:51:54 +0000

How to master your first days in a new position or company

Congratulations — you made the cut and got hired over others, many with similar skills and experiences. As you get ready to start a new job, you may be brimming with confidence.

So, what next? Remember that you have a small window of opportunity to establish your credentials and create a sustainable advantage. Here are a few proven ideas to set you up for success in the first 90 days.

Get close to key players

Though you will be introduced to stakeholders and colleagues, it’s up to you be proactive — it’s absolutely essential that you get close to earn the support and  respect of your boss, peers and subordinates in the early stages of a new role. Without respect, you won’t find success.

Let go of your comfort zone

In the first few weeks, find new ways to work with a more diverse set of skills. In addition to the stated job role, consistently reach out and also work effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds on cross-functional teams. And meet their individual needs.

Get off to a good start

Score some early wins. Aspire to make at least three significant contributions to your team early on to establish credibility and create momentum for future success. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Hit the ground running and focus on adding value as quickly as you can.

Adapt to the company culture

It is crucial to identify the company’s culture and then adapt to it. What is their dress culture? How about communications? Do they prefer in-person conversations or email? What language do they use when they respond to clients? It’s important to identify the company’s style of working and blend in quickly.

Establish a leadership position

As mentioned earlier, a new role offers you a clean slate. That means you have the opportunity to highlight your best qualities and personal characteristics. The first 90 days are about sending the right message and creating standards.

Learn new skills faster

Companies always place a premium on candidates who have the ability to learn and build new skills. Once you know what you need to do, find out which credentials are either necessary or beneficial for your career evolution. If it requires additional credentials or certifications, certainly go for it. Your proactive mindset will pay off in the long run.

Build genuine relationships

Your ability to get things done in your new organization will be directly tied to the strength of your internal relationships, especially with senior stakeholders, cross-functional colleagues and your immediate team. So, as soon as possible, start to build relationships with those people.

Expect the unexpected

Despite best intentions, life can get unpredictable, so be ready for the unexpected.

Take each day as it comes; stay enthusiastic, consistent and, above all, keep sharpening your soft skills including communication, teamwork, leadership, relationship-building, reliability and dependability.