Starting a new job can be both extremely exciting and incredibly daunting. Anxiety usually sets in when you think about new colleagues, new environment and new ways of working. However, you probably can’t wait to get started, take on new challenges and make a significant difference with your set of skills. But, the first 90 days of a new job is almost like the honeymoon period.
There is a huge opportunity for you to influence the business, cement your place in your team and express your ability to make positive contributions. But, there is also room for you to become an outcast if you don’t immerse yourself in the company’s culture or build relationships with your new colleagues. Therefore, it is very important that before you start the job, you do some research and create an understanding of how the company operates.
By doing this, you’ll be able to have a solid influence and give appropriate opinions. Whilst new in a business, it’s a good idea to have a point of view and network around the company. By furthering your reach during the first 90 days, you’ll be in a fantastic position to have an amazing impact on the company by working with people all around the business.
Although, you must have an open mind with your point of view. Take inspiration, advice and knowledge from those who have been around the business for many years. Use it to adapt your point of view so that it truly reflects how you behave in the company. Ultimately, listen, listen and then listen some more!
If you can spend your first 90 days learning how the business works and understanding the people that you are working with, you’ll do more than just survive. In fact, you’ll set yourself up for tremendous success. Now, it is vital that you don’t just plod along during your first 90 days by just soaking up knowledge and information. You need to demonstrate your own knowledge and expertise as well.
The first 90 days is the best and only time to make an outstanding impression. So, try to make a difference, challenge ideas in a professional way, push and motivate your colleague and have a substantial input every day. After all, you’ve been hired because the company feels you’re the best person for the job, so prove them right and be confident in what you can do. Once you’ve made it through the 90 days, you’ll become established within the business and your respective team.
This is wonderful, but you won’t be able to have the same impact or influence like you during the start. At the start you are new, learning and people want to listen to what you have to say. They will still listen going forward, but you will be respected more and won’t have that fresh-factor.
All in all, the best way to start a new job is to have a thorough understand before you start, learn and gather information when you start, network internally and try to have a positive influence.