Congratulations on your new job! Whether you just got hired are in the midst of your first 90 days, here are some great tips on things to do (first impressions) and things to NOT do when starting a new job.
Remember, most companies set a 90 day trial period for new hires. This way they can get to know you better and see how you really perform before they fully commit to you. Often times your benefits, health insurance, vacation / paid leave, and other perks won’t kick in until you’ve successfully made it through your first 3 months. You can think of it as as an extended interview–a really long interview.
Now is the time to find out as much as you possibly can. You are carrying the “newbie” card, so use it. After 3 months you will be expected to have a really good understanding of your job, expectations, the company culture, etc. So learn now and ask everything now. Remember to listen too. Also, be friendly, smile, and helpful. In a nutshell, be likable.
#2. Get to Know People
Prepare a short bio speech or elevator pitch, much like you did for your formal interview. Your new co-workers are going to want to know about you. Include your qualifications and background, but also a bit about you personally. This is your new work family. Also, make it a point to learn everyone’s names very quickly. If you are invited out to lunch, accept. Go to after work gatherings.
You need to be on time for work throughout your career, but the first 90 days of a new job are crucial. It is best if you prove your reliability by showing up a little bit early. The flip side of this though is to not show up so early and stay so late that you burn out quickly. You can maintain a healthy work-life balance and still arrive just a few minutes early to impress.
#4. Learn the Company Culture
This is a bit different than getting to know the individuals you work with, but it is related and important to the success of your career. Figure out who is willing to be helpful, who feels like they need to compete, and who has the best interests of the company as a whole.
Start studying the office politics on day one. The quicker you can figure out who to associate with, the quicker you can advance your career. Some people are positive and some are negative. Pay attention to how decisions are made, and how long it takes for processes to occur.
#5. Keep an Open Mind
Try to keep an open mind about your new job and duties. Typically, we don’t like every aspect and duty of any job, but learn as much as you can. Even though it is hard and we all do it, try not to make snap judgments about your co-workers, their personalities, or their abilities. People can surprise you, and they are judging you right now too.
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