Starting a new job can be overwhelming. On the one hand, you’re excited to kick off a new chapter in your career growth; on the other, you might feel a little anxious about getting into the hang of your new role and feeling comfortable at your new company. And while we’re firm believers in the fact that you can always step it up and take your performance to the next level, it’s also natural to feel like the first few months in a new position are critical to making a good early impression and setting the stage for your future in a role. Luckily, we’ve got a few simple tips that you can keep in mind to help you in your first 90 days at a new job; tips that will help you not only get the hang of things in your first three months, but totally crush it.
Understand how success is measured.
Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes success, or what milestones ought to be hit in the first few months in a new position. To make sure that you’re measuring up and meeting the expectations for your new role, it’s important to have candid conversations with key members on your team early on to see what they expect from you in this role. Keep their assurance high by making it clear that you’re confident in what you can accomplish in the position, but that you want to make sure you have a clear idea of what they hope to see happen in your first few months, too. It’s also good to make it clear early on that you welcome open feedback as you go about your role. For the most part, people will offer up feedback naturally as they help you acclimate to the new role, but setting the tone early on that you’re ready to receive that feedback openly can be important to setting you up for positive communication with your team.
Make the effort to get to know your colleagues.
It can be tough coming into a new workplace and having a bunch of new faces and names to learn, but you can be sure that when you make the effort to get to know everyone – even if it doesn’t happen overnight – that doesn’t go unnoticed. Make it a point in your first month or so to ask some of the key members of your team out to coffee or lunch so that you can get to know each other a little bit better in a one-on-one setting. If you’re in a managerial position, those reporting to you will appreciate your commitment to getting to know everyone on your team on a more personal level, which will encourage better morale overall. Meanwhile, if you’re in a more junior role, those on your team will welcome the invitation to talk in a more casual setting and will surely respect your proactivity in initiating the chat.
Know what questions to ask.
Asking questions can be tricky. On the one hand, you need to feel empowered to seek out information or clarification where it’s lacking. On the other, you never want to fall into the habit of asking for help before you troubleshoot things for yourself. This means that one of the keys to success during your first few months at a new job will come down to understanding the situations and roadblocks that warrant asking questions and seeking help from others on your team, and those that might be possible to solve for on your own without compromising efficiency.
Don’t hit the ground running too much.
Okay, it seems counterintuitive to say that you should take it easy at a new job or try not to do anything too groundbreaking when you first start, but hear us out. While it’s good to have a few early wins and contributions to show the value that you add to the team, it’s important not to come into a new workplace and try to change a lot of things right off the bat. It’s important to instead use your first several weeks at a company learning how things work and what the reasoning behind different things might be across the board. Where it seems like something might not make sense, make it a point to ask why things are done a certain way and then give yourself a bit of time to process these learnings before you start blazing a trail of change. Sure, you might have a lot of great ideas that will offer some great opportunity for growth and improvement down the road, but make sure you have a solid foundation in a job before you start turning too many things on their head, as this can ultimately ruffle some feathers or push some buttons around the office.